Jerusalem

geographical name
Je·​ru·​sa·​lem | \ jə-ˈrü-s(ə-)ləm How to pronounce Jerusalem (audio) , -ˈrü-z(ə-)ləm \
variants: or Arabic Al-Quds \ äl-​ˈküts How to pronounce Jerusalem (audio) \ or Hebrew Yerushalayim \ ye-​ˌrü-​shä-​ˈlī-​im How to pronounce Jerusalem (audio) \ or ancient Hierosolyma \ ˌhī-​(ə-​)rō-​ˈsä-​lə-​mə How to pronounce Jerusalem (audio) \ or biblical Jebus \ ˈjē-​bəs How to pronounce Jerusalem (audio) \

Definition of Jerusalem

city in southwestern Asia northwest of the Dead Sea; divided 1948–67 between Jordan (old city) and Israel (new city); capital of Israel since 1950 and formerly the capital of the ancient kingdoms of Israel and Judah; old city under Israeli control since 1967 population 765,000

Note: Jerusalem is a holy city for Jews, Christians, and Muslims.

Other Words from Jerusalem

Jerusalemite \ jə-​ˈrü-​sə-​lə-​ˌmīt How to pronounce Jerusalem (audio) \ noun

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“Jerusalem.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Jerusalem. Accessed 12 Apr. 2021.

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