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[pal-uh-stahyn for 1, 2; pal-uh-steen for 3] /ˈpæl əˌstaɪn for 1, 2; ˈpæl əˌstin for 3/
Also called Holy Land. Biblical name Canaan. an ancient country in SW Asia, on the E coast of the Mediterranean.
a former British mandate (1923–48) comprising part of this country, divided between Israel, Jordan, and Egypt in 1948: the Jordanian and Egyptian parts were occupied by Israel in 1967.
a city in E Texas. Unabridged
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  • Excavation in Palestine has failed to furnish examples of Hebrew work.

  • The idea of a return to Palestine excites him either to indignation or to laughter.

    Zionism and Anti-Semitism Max Simon Nordau
  • The "False Prophet" had been the last possessor of Palestine.

    Historical Miniatures August Strindberg
  • This mount is an immense pile of rock in the southern part of Palestine.

    Doctor Jones' Picnic S. E. Chapman
  • The hand mill for grinding grain shown in the picture is exactly the same as those in use in Palestine from the earliest times.

    The Bible Story Rev. Newton Marshall Hall
British Dictionary definitions for Palestine


Also called the Holy Land, Canaan. the area between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea in which most of the biblical narrative is located
the province of the Roman Empire in this region
the former British mandatory territory created by the League of Nations in 1922 (but effective from 1920), and including all of the present territories of Israel and Jordan between whom it was partitioned by the UN in 1948
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Word Origin and History for Palestine

from Latin Palestina (name of a Roman province), from Greek Palaistine (Herodotus), from Hebrew Pelesheth "Philistia, land of the Philistines." Revived as an official political territorial name 1920 with the British mandate.

Under Turkish rule, Palestine was part of three administrative regions: the Vilayet of Beirut, the Independent Sanjak of Jerusalem, and the Vilayet of Damascus. In 1917 the country was conquered by British forces who held it under occupation until the mandate was established April 25, 1920, by the Supreme Council of the Allied Powers at San Remo. During the occupation Palestine formed "Occupied Enemy Territory Administration (South)," with headquarters at Jerusalem.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Palestine in Culture

Palestine definition

Historic region on the eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea, comprising parts of modern Israel, Jordan, and Egypt.

Note: Known as the Holy Land, it is a place of pilgrimage for several religions, including Christianity, Islam, and Judaism.
Note: Israel, the homeland of the Jews, was established in Palestine in 1948. The Palestine Liberation Organization, under Yasir Arafat, is committed to establishing a Palestinian state, which would include territory on the West Bank and Gaza Strip now partially occupied by Israel. (See Arab-Israeli conflict, intifada, Oslo Accord, Palestinian Authority.)
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