What does Palestine mean?

Definitions for Palestine
ˈpæl əˌstaɪnpales·tine

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Palestinenoun

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

  2. Palestine, Canaan, Holy Land, Promised Landnoun

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


  1. Palestinenoun

    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. Palestinenoun

    The region between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River.

  3. Palestinenoun

    The Roman province Palestina.

  4. Palestinenoun

    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. Palestinenoun

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


  1. palestine

    Palestine is a geographic region located in the eastern Mediterranean, between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea, and often includes Gaza Strip and West Bank. Historically and culturally rich, it has significance for many religious groups, including Jews, Christians, and Muslims, due to its association with biblical events. In contemporary political contexts, Palestine often refers to the territories occupied by Israel since the 1967 war, where the State of Palestine, recognized by many countries albeit not universally, aspires to create an independent nation. The political and territorial status of Palestine is a longstanding and highly contentious issue.


  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.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. palestine

    A country of Asia, lying along the east coast of the Mediterranean Sea, and occupying the southwestern part of Syria, which is included within the limits of the Turkish empire. It now forms the modern pashalic of Beirut or Beyrout, and part of the pashalic of Damascus. This is the country in which the principal events recorded in Scripture took place. When it was conquered by the Israelites, Joshua divided this and a portion of the country to the east of the Jordan among the twelve tribes. It was conquered, however, by the kings of Assyria, who carried captive, first Israel and then Judah, into the eastern provinces of their empire. After the conquest of Babylon by Cyrus, the Jews were allowed to return to their country, to rebuild their temple, and re-establish their ecclesiastical constitution. Judæa thus continued a province of Persia until Asia was invaded by Alexander the Great, to whom it submitted without resistance. The Jews were again exposed to oppression from some of the Ptolemies, who attempted to enforce the adoption of the idolatrous worship of the Greeks on the Jewish people. The Jews, however, under the guidance of the Maccabees, offered a most determined resistance to the Egyptian monarch who sought to deprive them of the exercise of their own religion, and Judæa once more became an independent country. It subsequently fell under the dominion of Rome, which established the Herods as tributary kings. It was at this crisis that Judæa became the theatre of those great events which form the foundation of the Christian faith. The Jews, however, having repeatedly rebelled against the authority of the Romans, Titus entered Judæa with a large force in 70, and after a long siege, during which the Jews endured terrible hardships and privations, he took Jerusalem, and razed it to the ground. The temple which had been twice rebuilt, after having been burnt by Nebuchadnezzar and plundered by Antiochus, was again destroyed. More than 1,100,000 Jews perished in the siege and destruction of the city, and about sixty-five years after the Jewish people were banished from Judæa by a decree of the emperor Hadrian. The country continued to form a part of the Roman empire until it was divided into the Eastern and Western empires, when Palestine became a province of the former. Although it was frequently invaded by the Parthians, Persians, and Saracens, it was held by the emperors of Constantinople until it was wrested from them by the last-named people in 638. It then fell under the sway of the Mohammedans, in whose power the land remained until 1099, when the Holy Land was recovered by the Crusaders, and erected into a Latin kingdom under Godfrey de Bouillon. This kingdom lasted till 1187, when it was conquered by Saladin, on the decline of whose kingdom it passed through various hands, till, in 1517, it was finally swallowed up in the Turkish empire.

Etymology and Origins

  1. Palestine

    From the Hebrew Palæstina, “the land of strangers.” This was the ancient Philistia, the country of the Philistines, a term derived like that of Palestine from the root phalash, to emigrate or wander.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Palestine in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Palestine in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of Palestine in a Sentence

  1. Sana Jamaani:

    It's an achievement, everyone looks for an achievement in life, and one of them was crossing this line, especially in the Palestine Marathon.

  2. Tamara Alrifai:

    We are very worried about UNRWA schools-turned-shelters becoming super spreaders, given the overcrowding. In 2014, UNRWA schools did serve as shelters to Palestine refugees in Gaza City who were running for their lives, and who slept for days or weeks in UNRWA schools because they expected the schools to be safer than their homes, this time around the situation is made much more complex by Covid-19 -- the high( infection) rates in Gaza City and the low rates of vaccination.

  3. Michael Carroll:

    Butyl acrylate, in particular, is a chemical that was identified in the spill in East Palestine. So, we understand there are some known health effects and their established thresholds in terms of the parts per billion that the EPA feels are safe.

  4. Antoine Camilleri:

    It would be positive if the accord could in some way help with the establishment and recognition of an independent, sovereign and democratic State of Palestine which lives in peace and security with Israel and its neighbours.

  5. Denise Katz-Prober:

    Recently just last year at Tufts University, [Students for Justice in Palestine] led a similar campaign of intimidation against a Zionist Jewish student there in an attempt to kick him out of student government.

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