Definitions for palestineˈpæl əˌstaɪn

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

Pal•es•tineˈpæl əˌstaɪn(n.)

  1. Category: Geography (places)

    Ref: Also called Holy Land.; Biblical name, Canaan. 2

  2. a former British mandate (1923–48) comprising part of this country, divided between Israel, Jordan, and Egypt in 1948: the Jordanian and Egyptian parts were occupied by Israel in 1967.

    Category: Geography (places)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Palestine(noun)

    a former British mandate on the east coast of the Mediterranean; divided between Jordan and Israel in 1948

  2. Palestine, Canaan, Holy Land, Promised Land(noun)

    an ancient country in southwestern Asia on the east coast of the Mediterranean Sea; a place of pilgrimage for Christianity and Islam and Judaism

Wiktionary

  1. Palestine(ProperNoun)

    The West Bank and Gaza Strip, taken collectively; that is, the parts occupied by Israel and those under the jurisdiction of the Palestinian National Authority.

  2. Palestine(ProperNoun)

    The region between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River.

  3. Palestine(ProperNoun)

    The Roman province Palestina.

  4. Palestine(ProperNoun)

    A British colonial entity administering approximately the lands of modern State of Israel plus the West Bank and Gaza Strip; the lands administered by this entity.

  5. Palestine(ProperNoun)

    The British League of Nations Mandate for Palestine, of which this region was a part (the remainder being Transjordan, which covered approximately the lands of the modern Kingdom (originally Emirate) of Jordan).

  6. Origin: From Palaestina, from Παλαιστίνη, from פלשת; revived as a political territorial name in 1920 for the British Mandate.

Freebase

  1. Palestine

    Palestine is a conventional name, among others, for the geographic region in Western Asia between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River, and various adjoining lands. The name was used by Ancient Greek writers, and was later used for the Roman province Syria Palaestina, the Byzantine Palaestina Prima and the Umayyad and Abbasid province of Jund Filastin. The region is also known as the Land of Israel, the Holy Land, the Southern Levant, Cisjordan, and historically has been known by other names including Canaan, Southern Syria and Jerusalem. Situated at a strategic location between Egypt, Syria and Arabia, and the birthplace of Judaism and Christianity, the region has a long and tumultuous history as a crossroads for religion, culture, commerce, and politics. The region has been controlled by numerous different peoples, including Ancient Egyptians, Canaanites, Israelites, Assyrians, Babylonians, Persians, Ancient Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, the Sunni Arab Caliphates, the Shia Fatimid Caliphate, Crusaders, Ayyubids, Mameluks, Ottomans, the British and modern Israelis and Palestinians.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Palestine

    or the Holy Land, a small territory on the SE. corner of the Mediterranean, about the size of Wales, being 140 m. from N. to S., and an average of 70 m. from E. to W., is bounded on the N. by Lebanon, on the E. by the Jordan Valley, on the S. by the Sinaitic Desert, and on the W. by the sea; there is great diversity of climate throughout its extent owing to the great diversity of level, and its flora and fauna are of corresponding range; it suffered much during the wars between the Eastern monarchies and Egypt, and in the wars between the Crescent and the Cross, and is now by a strange fate in the hands of the Turk; it has in recent times been the theatre of extensive exploring operations in the interest of its early history.

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