What does Diaspora mean?

Definitions for Diaspora
daɪˈæs pər ədi·as·po·ra

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. diasporanoun

    the body of Jews (or Jewish communities) outside Palestine or modern Israel

  2. Diasporanoun

    the dispersion of the Jews outside Israel; from the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem in 587-86 BC when they were exiled to Babylonia up to the present time

  3. diasporanoun

    the dispersion or spreading of something that was originally localized (as a people or language or culture)


  1. Diasporanoun

    The dispersion of the Jews from the land of Israel.

  2. Diasporanoun

    The Jews so dispersed, taken collectively.

  3. Diasporanoun

    A similar dispersion.

  4. diasporanoun

    The dispersion of the Jews among the Gentiles after the Captivity.

  5. diasporanoun

    Any similar dispersion.

    The African diaspora caused a melding of cultures, both African cultures and Western ones, in many places.

  6. diasporanoun

    A group so dispersed, especially Jews outside of the land of Israel.

  7. diasporanoun

    The regions where such a dispersed group (especially the Jews) resides, taken collectively.

    Jews in the diaspora often have a different perspective of anti-Semitism from Israeli Jews.

  8. diasporanoun

    Any dispersion of an originally homogeneous entity, such as a language or culture.

  9. Etymology: See diaspora.


  1. Diaspora

    A diaspora ( dye-AS-pər-ə) is a population that is scattered across regions which are separate from its geographic place of origin. Historically, the word was used first in reference to the dispersion of Greeks in the Hellenic world, and later Jews after the Babylonian exile. The word "diaspora" is used today in reference to people who identify with a specific geographic location, but currently reside elsewhere.Examples of notably large diasporic populations are the Assyrian–Chaldean–Syriac diaspora, which originated during and after the early Arab-Muslim conquests and continued to grow in the aftermath of the Assyrian genocide; the southern Chinese and Indians who left their homelands during the 19th and 20th centuries; the Irish diaspora that came into existence both during and after the Great Famine; the Scottish diaspora that developed on a large scale after the Highland Clearances and Lowland Clearances; the nomadic Romani population from the Indian subcontinent; the Italian diaspora and the Mexican diaspora; the Circassians in the aftermath of the Circassian genocide; the Palestinian diaspora due to the Israeli–Palestinian conflict and the broader Arab–Israeli conflict; the Armenian diaspora following the Armenian genocide; the Lebanese diaspora due to the Lebanese Civil War; the Greek population that fled or was displaced following the fall of Constantinople and the later Greek genocide as well as the Istanbul pogroms; and the emigration of Anglo-Saxons (primarily to the Byzantine Empire) after the Norman Conquest of England.In contemporary times, scholars have differentiated the different kinds of diasporas which currently exist based on the causes of them, such as colonialism, trade/labour migrations, or the kinds of social coherence which exist within the diaspora communities and their ties to the ancestral lands; some diaspora communities maintain strong cultural and political ties to their homelands. Other qualities that may be typical of many diasporas are thoughts of return to the ancestral lands, maintaining any form of ties with the region of origin as well as relationships with other communities in the diaspora, and lack of full integration into the new host countries. Diasporas often maintain ties to the country of their historical affiliation and usually influence their current host country's policies towards their homeland. According to a 2019 United Nations report, the Indian diaspora is the world's largest diaspora, with a population of 17.5 million, followed by the Mexican diaspora, with a population of 11.8 million, and the Chinese diaspora, with a population of 10.7 million.


  1. diaspora

    Diaspora refers to the dispersion or spread of any people from their original homeland to various regions around the world. It typically refers to a large group of people with a similar heritage or homeland who have moved or been displaced from their traditional geographic homelands. This can occur due to various factors like voluntary migration, forced removal, or seeking better economic opportunities.


  1. Diaspora

    A diaspora is "the movement, migration, or scattering of people away from an established homeland" or "people dispersed by whatever cause to more than one location", or "people settled far from their ancestral homelands". The word has come to refer to historical mass-dispersions of people with common roots, particularly movements of an involuntary nature, such as the expulsion of Jews from the Middle East, the African Trans-Atlantic slave trade, the southern Chinese during the coolie slave trade, or the century-long exile of the Messenians under Spartan rule. Recently, scholarship has distinguished between different kinds of diaspora, based on its causes such as imperialism, trade or labor migrations, or by the kind of social coherence within the diaspora community and its ties to the ancestral lands. Some diaspora communities maintain strong political ties with their homeland. Other qualities that may be typical of many diasporas are thoughts of return, relationships with other communities in the diaspora, and lack of full assimilation into the host country.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Diaspora

    dī-as′por-a, n. dispersion, used collectively for the dispersed Jews after the Babylonian captivity, and also in the apostolic age for the Jews living outside of Palestine. [Gr. dia, through, speirein, to scatter.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Diaspora in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Diaspora in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of Diaspora in a Sentence

  1. Degan Ali:

    There has been quite a lot of panic from the diaspora with some (money transfer) branches actually being closed, there is a bit of scrambling trying to find alternative (money transfer operators) to work with.

  2. Prem Pariyar:

    I thought at that time that now I don't have to experience caste discrimination because the US is different. In the Prem Pariyar, the South Asian diaspora, including the Nepali diaspora, are educated... so they don't believe in caste discrimination, but I was wrong. Totally wrong.

  3. Preeti Dawra:

    Modi's coming here shows the importance of the Indian-American diaspora for him, we will show him on Sunday the enthusiasm the diaspora has for his leadership.

  4. Rick Jacobs:

    Very often we're told, especially in the Diaspora, we shouldn't express our view very loudly, when you're asked and you don't vote, that's a huge missed opportunity.


    There is a movement in babylon to:- gangjagriculturalize- ras spiritual herb. I will tell you more about this term I coined to show what they will do to rasta and the herb in years to come. I am ras cardo who created reggae. I am-R.H.A.T.I.D- reggae highest authority truthfully informing the diaspora. This is prophecy. I have also told you about-R.A.S.P.E.C.T1.

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