What does diaspora mean?

Definitions for diasporadaɪˈæs pər ə

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. diaspora(noun)

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

  2. Diaspora(noun)

    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. diaspora(noun)

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


  1. Diaspora(ProperNoun)

    The dispersion of the Jews from the land of Israel.

  2. Diaspora(ProperNoun)

    The Jews so dispersed, taken collectively.

  3. Diaspora(ProperNoun)

    A similar dispersion.

  4. diaspora(Noun)

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

  5. diaspora(Noun)

    Any similar dispersion.

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

  6. diaspora(Noun)

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

  7. diaspora(Noun)

    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. diaspora(Noun)

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

  9. Origin: See diaspora.


  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.]


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula:

    We paid money to a legacy project in the African Diaspora in the Caribbean.

  2. Carlos Saladrigas:

    There remains much to do in normalizing the interconnection with the Cuban diaspora.

  3. Hamid Biglari:

    More needs to be done to persuade The Iranian diaspora to re-engage with their land of origin.

  4. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan:

    The Armenian diaspora should ask the 40,000 Armenians who are citizens of our country whether they face any persecution.

  5. David Alabo:

    I seek to draw my audience from reality into a strange world that fuses space, big cats, serene landscapes and the African diaspora.

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