Near East

[ neer-eest ]
/ ˈnɪər ˈist /

noun

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 East

Near Eastern, adjective, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH Near East

Far East, Middle East, Near East .
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British Dictionary definitions for Near East

Near East

noun

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

Near East

A region in western Asia and northeastern Africa, often considered the same as the Middle East.

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