phi·​lis·​tia fə-ˈli-stē-ə How to pronounce philistia (audio)
often capitalized
: the class or world of cultural philistines

Word History


Philistia, ancient country of southwest Palestine

First Known Use

1857, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of philistia was in 1857

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Cite this Entry

“Philistia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2023.

Geographical Definition


geographical name

Phi·​lis·​tia fə-ˈli-stē-ə How to pronounce Philistia (audio)
country and land of the Philistines on the Mediterranean Sea coast in the southwestern part of ancient Palestine
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