[ neer-eest ]
/ ˈnɪər ˈist /
an indefinite geographical or regional term, usually referring to the countries of southwestern Asia, including Turkey, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia and the other nations of Arabia.Compare Middle East (def. 1).
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Origin of Near East
First recorded in 1855–60
OTHER WORDS FROM Near EastNear Eastern, adjective, noun
Words nearby Near East
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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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Cultural definitions for Near East
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