- Official name Syrian Arab Republic. a republic in SW Asia at the E end of the Mediterranean. 71,227 sq. mi. (184,478 sq. km). Capital: Damascus.
- a territory mandated to France in 1922, including the present republics of Syria and Lebanon (Latakia and Jebel ed Druz were incorporated into Syria 1942): the French mandatory powers were nominally terminated as of January 1, 1944.
- an ancient country in W Asia, including the present Syria, Lebanon, Israel, and adjacent areas: a part of the Roman Empire 64 b.c.–a.d.
Examples from the Web for syria
The American military may have launched hundreds of airstrikes on Iraq and Syria.
Officials have said the war to reclaim upward of a third of Iraq and a quarter of Syria from ISIS could take years.
The first thing they told us was that the traffickers are now using Turkish ports, which are relatively easy to reach from Syria.
In 2014, 170,000 people came to Italy from places like Eritrea and Syria.
Family members have said they pleaded with the women not to head to Syria.Jihadis Release New Year’s Eve Video of Italian Female Hostages
Jamie Dettmer, Barbie Latza Nadeau
January 2, 2015
Egypt and Syria were torn to pieces by the Eutychean heresy.The Formation of Christendom, Volume VI
Thomas W. (Thomas William) Allies
Not I alone, but the cities and the deserts of Syria and Arabia, missed my loving friend.The Book of Khalid
"There is an expedition from the New York museum about to start for Syria," he said.Galusha the Magnificent
Joseph C. Lincoln
From Issi, he marched a single stage—five parasangs—to the gates of Cilicia and Syria.Anabasis
It seems to me that either Greece or Syria is much more likely to be its destination.At Aboukir and Acre
George Alfred Henty
- a republic in W Asia, on the Mediterranean: ruled by the Ottoman Turks (1516–1918); made a French mandate in 1920; became independent in 1944; joined Egypt in the United Arab Republic (1958–61). Hafez al-Assad elected president in 1971 following a coup; after his death in 2000 Assad's son Bashar took over the presidency; his rule was challenged (from 2012) by an uprising that led to a civil war. Official language: Arabic. Religion: Muslim majority. Currency: Syrian pound. Capital: Damascus. Pop: 22 457 336 (2013 est). Area: 185 180 sq km (71 498 sq miles)
- (formerly) the region between the Mediterranean, the Euphrates, the Taurus, and the Arabian Desert
Word Origin and History for syria
from Latin Syria, from Greek Syria, from Syrioi "the Syrians," a name originally given to the Assyrians (Herodotus vii.63), a shortened form of Assyrioi (see Assyria).