Definition of Near east
1. Noun. The area around the eastern Mediterranean; from Turkey to northern Africa and eastward to Iran; the site of such ancient civilizations as Phoenicia and Babylon and Egypt and the birthplace of Judaism and Christianity and Islam; had continuous economic and political turmoil in the 20th century. "The Middle East is the cradle of Western civilization"
Geographical relationships: Operation Desert Storm, Arab-israeli War, Six Day War, Six-day War, Arab-israeli War, Yom Kippur War, Zarf, Pita, Pocket Bread, Falafel, Felafel
Generic synonyms: Geographic Area, Geographic Region, Geographical Area, Geographical Region
Specialized synonyms: Mashriq
Terms within: Fertile Crescent, Israel, Israel, Sion, State Of Israel, Yisrael, Zion, Arab Republic Of Egypt, Egypt, United Arab Republic, Iran, Islamic Republic Of Iran, Persia, Al-iraq, Irak, Iraq, Republic Of Iraq, Levant, Hashemite Kingdom Of Jordan, Jordan, Koweit, Kuwait, State Of Kuwait, Lebanese Republic, Lebanon, Kingdom Of Saudi Arabia, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Syrian Arab Republic, Republic Of Turkey, Turkey
Definition of Near east
1. Proper noun. The region located south of Eastern Europe, comprised of Anatolia, Transcaucasia, the Levant, and Mesopotamia. ¹
¹ Source: wiktionary.com
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Literary usage of Near east
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1. The History of the Balkan Peninsula: From the Earliest Times to the Present Day by Ferdinand Schevill (1922)
"In the long succession of imperial ventures which illustrate the commanding position held in the near east by the Balkan peninsula the Ottoman empire is the ..."
2. A Brief History of the Great War by Carlton Joseph Huntley Hayes (1920)
"As it was, the Allies had two dismal failures to their debit in the near east. They had failed to defeat the Turks and open the Dardanelles. ..."
3. Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature by H.W. Wilson Company (1909)
"near east. Arrival of the Slavs. W: T: Stead. Contemp. 95: 1-14. Ja. '09. ... near east—Continue«!. New Europe: the result of German and Austrian diplomacy. ..."
4. The American Journal of International Law by American Society of International Law (1916)
"Nationalism and War in the near east. " By a Diplomatist." Edited by Lord Courtney of Penwith. (Published under the direction of the Carnegie Endowment for ..."