How to pronounce


  • American Pronunciation: /ˈpæl.əˌstaɪn/
    • Breakdown: PAL-uh-styn
  • British Pronunciation: /ˈpal.ɪˌstaɪn/
    • Breakdown: PAL-i-styn

In both American and British English, the primary emphasis is on the first syllable. The difference mainly lies in the articulation of the second syllable, which is slightly more clipped in British English.

Definition of


The word Palestine is a noun that refers to a region in the Middle East with a complex history and controversial political status. It can also be used to describe the people and culture of this region. Example uses: - "Palestine is often referred to as the Holy Land due to its cultural and religious significance." (referring to the region) - "The indigenous people of Palestine have faced displacement and conflict for generations." (referring to the people) - "The conflict between Israel and Palestine has been ongoing for decades." (referring to the political entity or state) - "She comes from a Palestinian background." (referring to culture or ethnicity)

What does it mean


The name "Palestine" originates from the word "Philistia," the term used to describe the land of the Philistines, a people who settled in the coastal areas of the region around the 12th century BC. The name was later adopted by the Greeks, who called the area "Palaistinē." The Romans adopted this name in a broader sense to include the regions of Judea and Galilee after they crushed the Bar Kokhba revolt in 135 AD, renaming the area Syria Palaestina as a punitive measure. Over the centuries, the name has been used in various forms to refer to different parts of this region.

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