[ in-tuh-fah-duh ]
/ ˌɪn təˈfɑ də /


(sometimes initial capital letter) a revolt begun in December 1987 by Palestinian Arabs to protest Israel's occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

Nearby words

  1. intestines,
  2. inthral,
  3. inthrone,
  4. inti,
  5. intice,
  6. intima,
  7. intimacy,
  8. intimate,
  9. intimate borrowing,
  10. intimately

Origin of intifada

1988; < Arabic intifāḍa literally, a shaking off, derivative of fāḍa to shake off Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for intifada


/ (ˌɪntɪˈfɑːdə) /


the Palestinian uprising against Israel in the West Bank and Gaza Strip that started at the end of 1987

Word Origin for intifada

C20: Arabic, literally: uprising

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Word Origin and History for intifada



"Palestinian revolt," 1985, from Arabic, literally "a jumping up" (in reaction to something), from the verb intafada "to be shaken, shake oneself."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture definitions for intifada


[ (in-tuh-fah-duh) ]

Arabic for uprising. Starting in 1987, Palestinians have engaged in an intermittent intifada against Israel on the West Bank and Gaza Strip in their pursuit of a Palestinian state.

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