What does Israel mean?

Definitions for Israel
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Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word Israel.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Israel, State of Israel, Yisrael, Zion, Sion(noun)

    Jewish republic in southwestern Asia at eastern end of Mediterranean; formerly part of Palestine

  2. Israel(noun)

    an ancient kingdom of the Hebrew tribes at the southeastern end of the Mediterranean Sea; founded by Saul around 1025 BC and destroyed by the Assyrians in 721 BC


  1. Israel(ProperNoun)

    A nation that occupied roughly the same area in ancient times.

  2. Israel(ProperNoun)

    A name given to Jacob (Genesis 32:28).

  3. Israel(ProperNoun)

  4. Israel(ProperNoun)

    The State of Israel, a modern country in the Middle East, at the eastern shore of the Mediterranean.

  5. Israel(ProperNoun)

    The Land of Israel, a region that is roughly coextensive with the State of Israel.

  6. Israel(ProperNoun)

    An ancient kingdom that occupied roughly the same area in ancient times.

  7. Israel(ProperNoun)

    An ancient kingdom that occupied the northern part of this area, as distinct from Judah.

  8. Israel(ProperNoun)

    The Jews, taken collectively.

  9. Israel(ProperNoun)

    A male given name from Hebrew, notably borne by Jacob.

  10. Origin: From Middle English Israel, from Old English , borrowed from Latin Israel, from Ancient Greek ?σρα?λ ( Isra?l ) , from Hebrew ??????????‎ ( yisra'él , " Israel") .[1][2] In the Bible, it is said to be from the name ???????? ???‎ ( yisré 'él ) given to Jacob in Genesis 32:29, after which his descendants came to be known as Israelites and their land as the "kingdom/land of Israel". The personal name, already attested in Eblaite


  1. Israel

    Israel (; Hebrew: ??????????; Arabic: ????????????), also known as the State of Israel, is a country in Western Asia, located on the southeastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea and the northern shore of the Red Sea. It has land borders with Lebanon to the north, Syria to the northeast, Jordan on the east, the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and Gaza Strip to the east and west, respectively, and Egypt to the southwest. The country contains geographically diverse features within its relatively small area. Israel's economic and technological center is Tel Aviv, while its seat of government and proclaimed capital is Jerusalem, although the state's sovereignty over Jerusalem has only partial recognition.Israel has evidence of the earliest migration of hominids out of Africa. Canaanite tribes are archaeologically attested since the Middle Bronze Age, while the Kingdoms of Israel and Judah emerged during the Iron Age. The Neo-Assyrian Empire destroyed Israel around 720 BCE. Judah was later conquered by the Babylonian, Persian and Hellenistic empires and had existed as Jewish autonomous provinces. The successful Maccabean Revolt led to an independent Hasmonean kingdom by 110 BCE, which in 63 BCE however became a client state of the Roman Republic that subsequently installed the Herodian dynasty in 37 BCE, and in 6 CE created the Roman province of Judea. Judea lasted as a Roman province until the failed Jewish revolts resulted in widespread destruction, the expulsion of the Jewish population and the renaming of the region from Iudaea to Syria Palaestina. Jewish presence in the region has persisted to a certain extent over the centuries. In the 7th century CE, the Levant was taken from the Byzantine Empire by the Arabs and remained in Muslim control until the First Crusade of 1099, followed by the Ayyubid conquest of 1187. The Mamluk Sultanate of Egypt extended its control over the Levant in the 13th century until its defeat by the Ottoman Empire in 1517. During the 19th century, national awakening among Jews led to the establishment of the Zionist movement in the diaspora followed by waves of immigration to Ottoman Syria and later Mandatory Palestine. In 1947, the United Nations (UN) adopted a Partition Plan for Palestine recommending the creation of independent Arab and Jewish states and an internationalized Jerusalem. The plan was accepted by the Jewish Agency, and rejected by Arab leaders. The following year, the Jewish Agency declared the independence of the State of Israel, and the subsequent 1948 Arab–Israeli War saw Israel's establishment over most of the former Mandate territory, while the West Bank and Gaza were held by neighboring Arab states. Israel has since fought several wars with Arab countries, and since the Six-Day War in 1967 held occupied territories including the West Bank, Golan Heights and the Gaza Strip (still considered occupied after the 2005 disengagement, although some legal experts dispute this claim). It extended its laws to the Golan Heights and East Jerusalem, but not the West Bank. Israel's occupation of the Palestinian territories is the world's longest military occupation in modern times. Efforts to resolve the Israeli–Palestinian conflict have not resulted in a final peace agreement. However, peace treaties between Israel and both Egypt and Jordan have been signed. In its Basic Laws, Israel defines itself as a Jewish and democratic state and the nation state of the Jewish people. The country has a liberal democracy (one of only two in the Middle East and North Africa region, the other being Tunisia), with a parliamentary system, proportional representation, and universal suffrage. The prime minister is head of government and the Knesset is the legislature. With a population of around 9 million as of 2019, Israel is a developed country and an Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) member, and has the 31st or 32nd-largest economy in the world by nominal gross domestic product (GDP). Israel has the highest standard of living in the Middle East, and ranks among the world's top countries by percentage of citizens with military training, percentage of citizens holding a tertiary education degree, research and development spending by GDP percentage, women's safety, life expectancy, innovativeness, and happiness.


  1. Israel

    Israel, officially the State of Israel, is a parliamentary democracy in the Middle East, on the south-eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea. It borders Lebanon in the north, Syria in the northeast, Jordan and the West Bank in the east, Egypt and the Gaza Strip on the southwest, and the Gulf of Aqaba in the Red Sea to the south, and it contains geographically diverse features within its relatively small area. In its Basic Laws Israel defines itself as a Jewish and Democratic State; it is the world's only Jewish-majority state. On 29 November 1947, the United Nations General Assembly recommended the adoption and implementation of the partition plan of Mandatory Palestine. On 14 May 1948, David Ben-Gurion, the Executive Head of the World Zionist Organization and president of the Jewish Agency for Palestine, declared "the establishment of a Jewish state in Eretz Israel, to be known as the State of Israel," a state independent upon the termination of the British Mandate for Palestine, 15 May 1948. Neighboring Arab armies invaded Palestine on the next day and fought the Israeli forces. Israel has since fought several wars with neighboring Arab states, in the course of which it has occupied the West Bank, Sinai Peninsula, Gaza Strip and the Golan Heights. It annexed portions of these territories, including East Jerusalem, but the border with the West Bank is disputed. Israel has signed peace treaties with Egypt and Jordan, but efforts to resolve the Israeli–Palestinian conflict have so far not resulted in peace.

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Israel' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3077

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    Rank popularity for the word 'Israel' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4820

Anagrams for Israel »

  1. ariels

  2. resail

  3. sailer

  4. serial

  5. realis

How to pronounce Israel?

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How to say Israel in sign language?

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Israel in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Israel in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of Israel in a Sentence

  1. Benjamin Netanyahu:

    Under any peace agreement our position will be that Israel's presence should continue here, for Israel's security and for the security of all.

  2. Danny Danon:

    You heard the speech of Abu Mazen [ Abbas ] at the U.N., and you see the outcome now in the streets of Israel, it shows you the meaning of incitement.

  3. Yossi Abu:

    We were aware we were taking a hit, but we didn't want to wait any more to develop the gas fields, we believe that if this roadmap is approved, it will bring regulatory certainty and stability to Israel and we are confident that we will be able to bring to Israel new operators to develop Karish and Tanin.

  4. Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely:

    Sweden has crossed all red lines in relations with Israel, this is defamation of Israel and the statements are distancing Sweden from the ranks of enlightened nations that can take part in the dialogue about rights in the region.

  5. Donald Tusk:

    We're challenged by the opposite of modernity, which is a barbaric mediaevalism, early mediaevalism, primitive, savage, murderous, that comes from the two sources of militant Islam, europe should support Israel - not pressure Israel, not attack Israel, but support Israel, which is the only real shield that Europe and the Middle East have against extremist Islam, which is surging.

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