an indefinite geographical or regional term, usually referring to the countries of SW Asia, including Turkey, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia and the other nations of the Arabian Peninsula.Compare Middle East(def 1).
Related formsNear Eastern, adjective, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for near east
another term for the Middle East
(formerly) the Balkan States and the area of the Ottoman Empire
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Culture definitions for near east
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