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Syria

[seer-ee-uh] /ˈsɪər i ə/
noun
1.
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.
2.
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.
3.
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.
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  • Egypt and Syria were torn to pieces by the Eutychean heresy.

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  • Not I alone, but the cities and the deserts of Syria and Arabia, missed my loving friend.

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  • "There is an expedition from the New York museum about to start for Syria," he said.

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  • From Issi, he marched a single stage—five parasangs—to the gates of Cilicia and Syria.

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  • It seems to me that either Greece or Syria is much more likely to be its destination.

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British Dictionary definitions for Syria

Syria

/ˈsɪrɪə/
noun
1.
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)
2.
(formerly) the region between the Mediterranean, the Euphrates, the Taurus, and the Arabian Desert
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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).

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Syria in Culture

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Republic in the Middle East, bordered by Turkey to the northwest, north, and northeast; Iraq to the east and south; Jordan to the south; and Israel, the Mediterranean Sea, and Lebanon to the west. Its capital and largest city is Damascus.

Note: Syria was established from former Ottoman Empire territory in 1920 but dominated by France until the 1940s. It is extremely hostile toward Israel.
Note: In the Six-Day War, in 1967, Israeli troops dislodged Syrian forces from the Golan Heights, which overlook Israeli territory.
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