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[pal-uh-stin-ee-uh n]
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  1. a native or inhabitant of Palestine.
  2. Also called Palestinian Arab. an Arab formerly living in Palestine who advocates the establishment of an Arab homeland there.
  1. of or relating to Palestine or Palestinians.
  2. of or relating to Palestinian Arabs: Palestinian guerrillas.

Origin of Palestinian

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  1. of or relating to Palestine
  1. a native or inhabitant of the former British mandate, or their descendants, esp such Arabs now living in the Palestinian Administered Territories, Jordan, Lebanon, or Israel, or as refugees from Israeli-occupied territory
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Word Origin and History for palestinian


1875 (adj.), 1905 (n.), from Palestine + -ian. Also in early use with reference to Jews who settled or advocated settling in that place.

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