Definitions for israelˈɪz ri əl, -reɪ-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

Is•ra•elˈɪz ri əl, -reɪ-(n.)

  1. a republic in SW Asia, on the Mediterranean: formed as a Jewish state in 1948. 5,749,760; 7984 sq. mi. (20,679 sq. km).

    Category: Geography (places)

    Ref: Cap.: Jerusalem.

  2. the people traditionally descended from Jacob; the Jewish people.

    Category: Peoples

  3. a name given to Jacob after he had wrestled with the angel. Gen. 32:28.

    Category: Bible

  4. the northern kingdom of the Hebrews, including 10 of the 12 tribes.

    Category: Bible, Peoples

    Ref: Compare Judah (def. 3). 3

  5. a group considered by its members or by others as God's chosen people.

Origin of Israel:

bef. 1000; ME, OE < L Isrāēl < Gk Isrāḗl < Heb Yisrā'ēl lit., God perseveres

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Israel, State of Israel, Yisrael, Zion, Sion(noun)

    Jewish republic in southwestern Asia at eastern end of Mediterranean; formerly part of Palestine

  2. Israel(noun)

    an ancient kingdom of the Hebrew tribes at the southeastern end of the Mediterranean Sea; founded by Saul around 1025 BC and destroyed by the Assyrians in 721 BC

Wiktionary

  1. Israel(ProperNoun)

    The State of Israel, a modern country in the Middle East, at the eastern shore of the Mediterranean.

  2. Israel(ProperNoun)

    The Land of Israel, a region that is roughly coextensive with the State of Israel.

  3. Israel(ProperNoun)

    A nation that occupied roughly the same area in ancient times.

  4. Israel(ProperNoun)

    An ancient kingdom that occupied the northern part of this area, as distinct from Judah.

  5. Israel(ProperNoun)

    The Jews, taken collectively.

  6. Israel(ProperNoun)

    A name given to Jacob (Genesis 32:28).

  7. Israel(ProperNoun)

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  8. Origin: From ישראל, which, in Biblical Hebrew, means "he who wrestles with God" (a Biblical name for Jacob after he wrestles with an adversary).

Freebase

  1. Israel

    Israel, officially the State of Israel, is a parliamentary democracy in the Middle East, on the south-eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea. It borders Lebanon in the north, Syria in the northeast, Jordan and the West Bank in the east, Egypt and the Gaza Strip on the southwest, and the Gulf of Aqaba in the Red Sea to the south, and it contains geographically diverse features within its relatively small area. In its Basic Laws Israel defines itself as a Jewish and Democratic State; it is the world's only Jewish-majority state. On 29 November 1947, the United Nations General Assembly recommended the adoption and implementation of the partition plan of Mandatory Palestine. On 14 May 1948, David Ben-Gurion, the Executive Head of the World Zionist Organization and president of the Jewish Agency for Palestine, declared "the establishment of a Jewish state in Eretz Israel, to be known as the State of Israel," a state independent upon the termination of the British Mandate for Palestine, 15 May 1948. Neighboring Arab armies invaded Palestine on the next day and fought the Israeli forces. Israel has since fought several wars with neighboring Arab states, in the course of which it has occupied the West Bank, Sinai Peninsula, Gaza Strip and the Golan Heights. It annexed portions of these territories, including East Jerusalem, but the border with the West Bank is disputed. Israel has signed peace treaties with Egypt and Jordan, but efforts to resolve the Israeli–Palestinian conflict have so far not resulted in peace.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'israel' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3077

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'israel' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4820

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