gal·​i·​lee | \ ˈga-lə-ˌlē How to pronounce galilee (audio) \

Definition of galilee

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a chapel or porch at the entrance of an English church


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Gal·​i·​lee | \ ˈga-lə-ˌlē How to pronounce Galilee (audio) \

Definition of Galilee (Entry 2 of 2)

hill region of northern Israel north of the Plain of Esdraelon

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Galilean \ ˌga-​lə-​ˈlē-​ən How to pronounce Galilean (audio) \ adjective or noun

First Known Use of galilee


15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for galilee


borrowed from Anglo-French, borrowed from Medieval Latin galilea, probably after Galilea, Galilaea galilee, from a monastic and clerical comparison of the church porch, where the laity gathered, to biblical Galilee, regarded, in opposition to Judaea, as a country of Gentiles (as in Matthew 4:15)

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“Galilee.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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