[key-nuh n]


the ancient region lying between the Jordan, the Dead Sea, and the Mediterranean: the land promised by God to Abraham. Gen. 12:5–10.
Biblical name of Palestine.
any land of promise.
a descendant of Ham, the son of Noah. Gen. 10.

Origin of Canaan

From the Hebrew word Kenaʿan Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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  • If we could not enter the land of Canaan, we could at least behold it from Mount Pisgah.

    The Roof of France

    Matilda Betham-Edwards

  • God had brought His people into Canaan with the promise to give them the land.

  • The country was as innocent of leechcraft as the land of Canaan in the days of Abraham.

    The Scapegoat

    Hall Caine

  • He devotes also to anathema all the nations of the land of Canaan.

    The Phantom World

    Augustin Calmet

  • He came unannounced to make his own observations, like the spies sent into Canaan.

    In a Little Town

    Rupert Hughes

British Dictionary definitions for canaan



an ancient region between the River Jordan and the Mediterranean, corresponding roughly to Israel: the Promised Land of the Israelites
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