Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

Phenicia

[fi-nish-uh, -nee-shuh]
See more synonyms for Phenicia on Thesaurus.com
noun
  1. Phoenicia.
Show More

Phoenicia

or Phe·ni·cia

[fi-nish-uh, -nee-shuh]
noun
  1. an ancient kingdom on the Mediterranean, in the region of modern Syria, Lebanon, and Israel.
Show More
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for phenicia

Historical Examples

  • But Phenicia, for the "iniquity of her traffick," was doomed.

    A Short History of Spain

    Mary Platt Parmele

  • And those who borrowed from Phenicia the form of their temple, borrowed many other things too.

    History of Religion

    Allan Menzies

  • We read to-day of forgotten Phenicia and of ancient Britain.

    The Way to the West

    Emerson Hough

  • In Greece also we find that ideas which came from Babylon had become known, by way of Phenicia, at a very early period.

    History of Religion

    Allan Menzies

  • He is represented as heir to the kingdom of Egypt: this he quitted, and obtained a kingdom in Phenicia.


British Dictionary definitions for phenicia

Phoenicia

noun
  1. an ancient maritime country extending from the Mediterranean Sea to the Lebanon Mountains, now occupied by the coastal regions of Lebanon and parts of Syria and Israel: consisted of a group of city-states, at their height between about 1200 and 1000 bc, that were leading traders of the ancient world
Show More
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

phenicia in Culture

Phoenicia

[(fuh-nee-shuh, fuh-nish-uh)]

An ancient nation of the eastern Mediterranean Sea. Its territory included what are today coastal areas of modern Israel and Lebanon. The Phoenicians were famed as traders and sailors. They developed an alphabet that was eventually adapted by the Greeks and Romans into the alphabet used in writing English. In the Phoenicians' alphabet, the marks stand for individual sounds rather than for whole words or syllables, as in Egyptian hieroglyphics.

Show More
The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.