geographical name
Syr·​ia | \ ˈsir-ē-ə How to pronounce Syria (audio) \

Definition of Syria

1 ancient region of southwestern Asia bordering on the Mediterranean Sea and covering modern Syria, Lebanon, Israel, and Jordan
2 former French mandate (1920–44) comprising the Le*vant States \ lə-​ˈvant How to pronounce lə-ˈvant (audio)\ (Syria, Lebanon, Latakia, and Jebel ed Druz); administrative capital Beirut, legislative capital Damascus
3 country in southwestern Asia bordering on the Mediterranean Sea; capital Damascus area 71,498 square miles (185,180 square kilometers), population 21,000,000

Note: Syria was a republic from 1944 to 1958 and became one again in 1961. From 1958 to 1961, it was a province of the United Arab Republic.

Other Words from Syria

Syrian \ ˈsir-​ē-​ən How to pronounce Syrian (audio) \ adjective or noun

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