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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
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  • Mildly resinous like that Near East one packed in pine, suggesting the well-saged dressing of a turkey.

    The Complete Book of Cheese Robert Carlton Brown
  • He started off on ethnology, and we toured the Near East again.

    The Troubadour Robert Augustine Ward Lowndes
  • The concept of the dying god, so widespread in the ancient Near East, is found nowhere else in Indian mythology.'

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

    Before the War Viscount Richard Burton Haldane
  • These tales stopped first among the nations in the Near East, and then by the same agency were carried to the extreme West.

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 American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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