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Israel

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noun Is·ra·el \ˈiz-rē-əl, -(ˌ)rā- also ˈis- or ˈiz-rəl\

Definition of Israel

  1. 1 :  jacob 2

  2. 2 :  the Jewish people

  3. 3 :  a people chosen by God

Israel adjective


Origin of israel

Middle English, from Old English, from Late Latin, from Greek Israēl, from Hebrew Yiśrā'ēl


Israel

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geographical name Is·ra·el \ˈiz-rē(-ə)l, -(ˌ)rā(-ə)l also ˈis- or ˈiz-rəl\

Definition of Israel

  1. 1 kingdom in ancient Palestine comprising the lands occupied by the Hebrew people; established ab 1025 b.c. ; divided ab 933 b.c. into a S kingdom (Judah) & a N kingdom (Israel)

  2. 2 or Northern Kingdom or Ephraim play \ˈē-frē-əm\ the N portion of the Hebrew kingdom after the division ∗ Samaria

  3. 3 country SW Asia bordering on the Mediterranean; a republic established 1948 ∗ Jerusalem area 7993 square miles (20,782 square kilometers), pop 7,300,000 — see palestine





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