- the ancient capital of Assyria: its ruins are opposite Mosul, on the Tigris River, in N Iraq.
- an ancient empire in SW Asia: greatest extent from about 750 to 612 b.c. Capital: Nineveh.
Examples from the Web for nineveh
Last month, a new marauder descended on Nineveh and the nearby city of Mosul.ISIS Is About to Destroy Biblical History in Iraq
July 7, 2014
And the U.S. is implicated too, as Al Gharawi assumed command in Nineveh before the U.S. withdrew from Iraq.The Monster of Mosul: How a Sadistic General Helped ISIS Win
June 19, 2014
The town of Mosul is mentioned in the Bible, where it is known as Nineveh.Hillary's Troubling Silence
November 13, 2010
There was very high turnout in their provinces of Anbar, Nineveh, and Salahuddin.Paul Bremer's Victory Lap
March 29, 2010
The new evangel was old when Nineveh reared her greatness to the sky.The Moon and Sixpence
W. Somerset Maugham
A crystal lens had been found in the treasure-house at Nineveh.The Book of the Damned
The seat of the latter was in Nineveh, as was of course also the seat of Ishtar of Nineveh.
Temples are erected to her in the city of Ashur, in Nineveh and Arbela.
The inscriptions in question come from the Kuyuryik Mound, at Nineveh.
- the ancient capital of Assyria, on the River Tigris opposite the present-day city of Mosul (N Iraq): at its height in the 8th and 7th centuries bc; destroyed in 612 bc by the Medes and Babylonians
- an ancient kingdom of N Mesopotamia: it established an empire that stretched from Egypt to the Persian Gulf, reaching its greatest extent between 721 and 633 bc . Its chief cities were Assur and Nineveh
Word Origin and History for nineveh
Middle English, from Latin Assyria, from Greek Assyria, short for Assyria ge "the Assyrian land," from fem. of Assyrios "pertaining to Assyria," from Akkadian Ashshur, name of the chief city of the kingdom and also of a god, probably from Assyrian sar "prince." (See also Syria).