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Near East

an indefinite geographical or regional term, usually referring to the countries of SW Asia, including Turkey, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia and the other nations of the Arabian Peninsula.
Compare Middle East (def 1).
Related forms
Near Eastern, adjective, noun
Can be confused
Far East, Middle East, Near East. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for Near East
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  • He started off on ethnology, and we toured the Near East again.

    The Troubadour Robert Augustine Ward Lowndes
  • It was in the wars of the "Near East" that that book was first opened in the modern sense.

  • The leaders of its opinion were bent on domination to the Near East.

    Before the War

    Viscount Richard Burton Haldane
  • It's called "a pickled cheese" and is very popular in the Near East.

    The Complete Book of Cheese Robert Carlton Brown
  • Paul handed the torch from the Near East to the people in Rome.

British Dictionary definitions for Near East

Near East

another term for the Middle East
(formerly) the Balkan States and the area of the Ottoman Empire
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Near East in Culture

Near East definition

A region in western Asia and northeastern Africa, often considered the same as the Middle East.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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