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diaspora

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noun di·as·po·ra \dī-ˈas-p(ə-)rə, dē-\

Simple Definition of diaspora

  • : a group of people who live outside the area in which they had lived for a long time or in which their ancestors lived

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of diaspora

  1. 1 capitalized a :  the settling of scattered colonies of Jews outside Palestine after the Babylonian exile b :  the area outside Palestine settled by Jews c :  the Jews living outside Palestine or modern Israel

  2. 2 a :  the movement, migration, or scattering of a people away from an established or ancestral homeland <the black diaspora to northern cities> b :  people settled far from their ancestral homelands <African diaspora> c :  the place where these people live

diasporic

play \ˌdī-ə-ˈspȯr-ik\ adjective

Origin and Etymology of diaspora

Greek, dispersion, from diaspeirein to scatter, from dia- + speirein to sow


First Known Use: 1881




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