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[key-nuh n] /ˈkeɪ nən/
the ancient region lying between the Jordan, the Dead Sea, and the Mediterranean: the land promised by God to Abraham. Gen. 12:5–10.
Biblical name of Palestine.
any land of promise.
a descendant of Ham, the son of Noah. Gen. 10.
Origin of Canaan
From the Hebrew word Kenaʿan Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • If we could not enter the land of Canaan, we could at least behold it from Mount Pisgah.

    The Roof of France Matilda Betham-Edwards
  • God had brought His people into Canaan with the promise to give them the land.

  • The country was as innocent of leechcraft as the land of Canaan in the days of Abraham.

    The Scapegoat Hall Caine
  • He devotes also to anathema all the nations of the land of Canaan.

    The Phantom World Augustin Calmet
  • He came unannounced to make his own observations, like the spies sent into Canaan.

    In a Little Town Rupert Hughes
British Dictionary definitions for Canaan


an ancient region between the River Jordan and the Mediterranean, corresponding roughly to Israel: the Promised Land of the Israelites
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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