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galilee

[gal-uh-lee]
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noun
  1. a porch or vestibule, often on the ground floor of a tower, at the entrance of some English churches.
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Origin of galilee

1585–95; < Medieval Latin galilaea porch of a church, literally, Galilee; perhaps alluding to Galilee as a country of Gentiles (as opposed to Judaea), the porch being an area especially associated with the laity

Galilee

[gal-uh-lee]
noun
  1. an ancient Roman province in what is now N Israel.
  2. Sea of. Also called Lake Tiberias. a lake in NE Israel through which the Jordan River flows. 14 miles (23 km) long; 682 feet (208 meters) below sea level.
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British Dictionary definitions for galilee

galilee

noun
  1. a porch or chapel at the entrance to some medieval churches and cathedrals in England
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Galilee

noun
  1. Sea of Galilee, Lake Tiberias or Lake Kinneret a lake in NE Israel, 209 m (686 ft) below sea level, through which the River Jordan flows. Area: 165 sq km (64 sq miles)
  2. a northern region of Israel: scene of Christ's early ministry
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Word Origin and History for galilee

Galilee

"northernmost province of Palestine," late 12c., from Latin Galilaea, Greek Galilaia, from Hebrew Haggalil, literally "The District," a compressed form of Gelil haggoyim "the District of Nations" (cf. Isa. viii:23). The adjective Galilean is used both of Christ (1630s), who was born there, and of the Italian astronomer Galileo (1727).

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