[ soo-mer ]
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  1. an ancient region in southern Mesopotamia that contained a number of independent cities and city-states of which the first were established possibly as early as 5000 b.c.: conquered by the Elamites and, about 2000 b.c., by the Babylonians; a number of its cities, as Ur, Uruk, Kish, and Lagash, are major archaeological sites in southern Iraq.

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How to use Sumer in a sentence

  • Now there are words like pro-Sumer and everything else out there—my preferred term for it is ‘a creator economy.’

    3 Ways to Reinvent America | Randall Lane | January 25, 2011 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • Also, the Bible clearly places the Garden of Eden “eastward,” near the Mesopotamian empire of Sumer.

    The Truth About Genesis | Bruce Feiler | September 18, 2009 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • The northern cities were embraced in the territory known as Akkad, and the southern in the land of Sumer, or Shumer.

    Myths of Babylonia and Assyria | Donald A. Mackenzie
  • Let us take six gentlemen met together to learn the old thirteenth-century part-song, the round entitled ‘Sumer is icumen in.’

    English Costume | Dion Clayton Calthrop
  • The earliest 'burden' known is that in the ancient Round 'Sumer is icumen in,' of the 13th century.

    Shakespeare and Music | Edward W. Naylor
  • After a quarter of a century had elapsed, Akkad and Sumer were overswept by the fierce Gutium from the north-eastern mountains.

    Myths of Babylonia and Assyria | Donald A. Mackenzie
  • He was welcomed in Babylon, which opened its gates to him, and he had himself proclaimed king of Sumer and Akkad.

    Myths of Babylonia and Assyria | Donald A. Mackenzie

British Dictionary definitions for Sumer


/ (ˈsuːmə) /

  1. the S region of Babylonia; seat of a civilization of city-states that reached its height in the 3rd millennium bc

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