galilee

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

Definition of galilee

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

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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/galilee. Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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Galilee geographical name

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

Definition of Galilee

hill region of northern Israel north of the Plain of Esdraelon

Other Words from galilee

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

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