geographical name
Pal·​es·​tine | \ ˈpa-lə-ˌstīn How to pronounce Palestine (audio) \
variants: or Latin Palaestina \ ˌpa-​lə-​ˈstē-​nə How to pronounce Palestine (audio) , -​ˈstī-​ \

Definition of Palestine

region in southwestern Asia bordering on the eastern Mediterranean population 3,764,000

Note: Palestine dates back to ancient times, and over the centuries its boundaries, which have mostly been unofficial, have fluctuated and have been disputed or indistinct. It approximately includes or has included what is now Israel, the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip, extending eastward either up to or beyond the Jordan River. Palestine was a part of the Ottoman Empire from 1516 to 1917. It was an official entity during the period 1923–48 under the mandate granted to Great Britain by the League of Nations to establish a responsible government in the region.

Other Words from Palestine

Palestinian \ ˌpa-​lə-​ˈsti-​nē-​ən How to pronounce Palestine (audio) , -​nyən \ adjective or noun

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“Palestine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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