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

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

Full Definition of DIASPORA

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
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
di·a·spor·ic \ˌdī-ə-ˈspr-ik\ adjective

Origin of DIASPORA

Greek, dispersion, from diaspeirein to scatter, from dia- + speirein to sow
First Known Use: 1881

Other History Terms

agonistic, carpetbagger, enceinte, fief, historiography, paladin


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