Israel
Pronunciation
  • enPR ĭzʹrāəl; IPA: /ˈɪzɹeɪəl/, /ˈɪzɹi.əl/.
    (In singing also) enPR: ĭzʹrīĕl; IPA: /ˈɪzɹaɪɛl/
Proper noun
  1. The State of Israel, a modern country in the Middle East, at the eastern shore of the Mediterranean.
  2. The Land of Israel, a region that is roughly coextensive with the State of Israel.
  3. (historical) An ancient kingdom that occupied roughly the same area in ancient times.
  4. (historical) An ancient kingdom that occupied the northern part of this area, as distinct from Judah.
  5. The Jews, taken collectively.
  6. A male given name, notably borne by Jacob (after Genesis 32:28).
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981 ↗, Genesis 32:28 ↗:
      And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed.
  7. Surname
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