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səˈmɛər i əsamari·a

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Samarianoun

    an ancient city in central Palestine founded in the 9th century BC as the capital of the northern Hebrew kingdom of Israel; the site is in present-day northwestern Jordan


  1. Samarianoun

    a city of ancient Palestine, in present-day Jordan

  2. Samarianoun

    A part of ancient Palestine.

  3. Etymology: From Σαμάρεια.


  1. Samaria

    Samaria (; Hebrew: שֹׁמְרוֹן, romanized: Šōmrōn, Arabic: السامرة, romanized: as-Sāmirah) is the historic and biblical name used for the central region of Palestine, bordered by Judea to the south and Galilee to the north. The first-century historian Josephus set the Mediterranean Sea as its limit to the west, and the Jordan River as its limit to the east. Its territory largely corresponds to the biblical allotments of the tribe of Ephraim and the western half of Manasseh. It includes most of the region of the ancient Kingdom of Israel, which was north of the Kingdom of Judah. The border between Samaria and Judea is set at the latitude of Ramallah.The name "Samaria" is derived from the ancient city of Samaria, capital of the northern Kingdom of Israel. The name Samaria likely began being used for the entire kingdom not long after the town of Samaria had become Israel's capital, but it is first documented after its conquest by Sargon II of Assyria, who turned the kingdom into the province of Samerina.Samaria was used to describe the northern midsection of the land in the UN Partition Plan for Palestine in 1947. It became the administrative term in 1967, when the West Bank was defined by Israeli officials as the Judea and Samaria Area, of which the entire area north of the Jerusalem District is termed as Samaria. In 1988, Jordan ceded its claim of the area to the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO). In 1994, control of Areas 'A' (full civil and security control by the Palestinian Authority) and 'B' (Palestinian civil control and joint Israeli–Palestinian security control) were transferred by Israel to the Palestinian Authority. The Palestinian Authority and the international community do not recognize the term "Samaria"; in modern times, the territory is generally known as part of the West Bank.


  1. samaria

    Samaria is a historic and geographic term referring to the central region of ancient Land of Israel, also known as Kingdom of Israel, bordered by Galilee to the north and Judaea to the south. Today, the territory is mainly associated with the northern part of the West Bank region. It's also a reference to the ancient city of Samaria, which was the capital of the Kingdom of Israel, now a archaeological site and national park in the present-day West Bank.


  1. Samaria

    Samaria, or the Shomron is a mountainous region in the Southern Levant, based on the borders of the biblical Northern Kingdom of Israel. The name "Samaria" derives from the ancient city Samaria, the capital of the Kingdom of Israel. In modern usage it is roughly corresponding to the northern West Bank. In the modern times, the term Samaria was revived by the British, who coined this to an official provincial term. During the Jordanian occupation, the area changed its name to the West Bank. During the 1967 Six-Day War, Samaria was captured by Israel from Jordan together with the rest of West Bank of Jordan, which had previously captured it in the 1948 Arab-Israeli war. With Israeli occupation, the name Samaria was restored, to become part of an administrative Judea and Samaria area. Jordan ceded its claim to the area to the Palestine Liberation Organization in November 1988. In 1994, control of Areas 'A' and 'B' were transferred by Israel to the Palestinian Authority. Palestinian Authority didn't recognize the term Samaria within its domain. In 2013, with the official transition from the Palestinian Authority to the State of Palestine, large parts of Samaria came to be internationally recognized under State of Palestine control.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Samaria

    a city of a district of the name between Judea and Galilee in the Holy Land, and which became the capital of the North Kingdom of Israel after the revolt from the Southern; was desolated by the hosts of Assyria in 720 B.C., and repeopled afterwards by Assyrian settlers, who were converted to the Jewish faith, and ministered to by a Jewish priest; when the Jews rebuilt the Temple of Jerusalem, the Samaritans' offer to aid was rejected, and the refusal led to a bitter hostility between the Jews and Samaritans ever after.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. samaria

    Anciently a city of Palestine, the chief seat of the Ephraimitic Baal-worship, and, from the seventh year of Omri’s reign, the capital of the kingdom of Israel. It was twice besieged by the Syrians (901 and 892 B.C.), under Ahab and Joram, on both occasions unsuccessfully; but in 721 (720) B.C., it was stormed by Shalmaneser, king of Assyria, after a three years’ siege, and the inhabitants carried off into captivity. Their place was supplied by colonists from Babylon and other places. It was subsequently captured by Alexander the Great, when the “Samaritan” inhabitants were driven out, and their place supplied by Syro-Macedonians. It was again taken (109 B.C.) by John Hyrcanus, who completely destroyed it. Soon rebuilt, it remained for fifty years in possession of the Jews; but Pompey, in his victorious march, restored it to the descendants of the expelled Samaritans, who had settled in the neighborhood, and it was re-fortified by Gabinius. Its name was changed to Sebaste by Herod the Great. In the 3d century it became a Roman colony; but its prosperity perished with the Mohammedan conquest of Palestine, and is at present only a small village called Sebustieh, an Arab corruption of Sebaste.

Etymology and Origins

  1. Samaria

    After Shemer, the owner of the hill which, as we are told in 1 Kings xvi. 24, Omri bought for two talents of silver, “and built on the hill, and called the name of the city which he built, after the name of Shemer, owner of the hill, Samaria.”

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of samaria in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of samaria in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of samaria in a Sentence

  1. Amir Peretz:

    Without a doubt, the question of the 'command spirit' will arise, with some in the ranks wondering whether this defence minister has, effectively, revised military ethics, especially regarding open-fire regulations, the defence minister is, in a sense, the 'prime minister of Judea and Samaria'.

  2. Dani Dayan:

    Israel doesn't see Judea and Samaria as occupied territories.

  3. Luba Samri:

    Following recent events in the Judea and Samaria district, the unit for nationalist criminal activity carried out during the overnight hours a few searches and arrests in various outposts in the Binyamin region.

  4. Menachem Begin:

    Israel will not transfer Judea, Samaria, and the Gaza District to any foreign sovereign authority, [because] of the historic right of our nation to this land, [and] the needs of our national security, which demand a capability to defend our State and the lives of our citizens.

  5. Gilad Erdan:

    Facebook today sabotages, it should be known, sabotages the work of the Israeli police, because when the Israeli police approach them, and it is regarding a resident of Judea and Samaria, Facebook does not cooperate, it also sets a very high bar for removing inciteful content and posts.

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