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Near East

noun
  1. 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).
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Related formsNear Eastern, adjective, noun
Can be confusedFar East Middle East Near East
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British Dictionary definitions for near east

Near East

noun
  1. another term for the Middle East
  2. (formerly) the Balkan States and the area of the Ottoman Empire
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near east in Culture

Near East

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

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