Meaning of ISRAEL in English

I. ˈiz]_rēəl also ˈis] or ](ˌ)rāəl or ]ˌrāl or ÷]_rə̇l sometimes ](ˌ)rāˌel or ](ˌ)räˌel or ]ˌrīˌel or ](ˌ)rȧˌel\ noun

( -s )

Usage: capitalized

Etymology: Middle English, from Old English, from Late Latin, from Greek Israēl, from Hebrew Yiśrā'ēl, literally, let God contend, from sārāh to fight + ēl God



(1) : the ancient Hebrew people descended from the patriarch Jacob

(2) : the group of 10 Hebrew tribes anciently inhabiting the northern part of Palestine and constituting a kingdom independent of Judah

b. : the Jewish people of past and present

2. : a body of individuals (as members of the Jewish or Christian faiths) regarded by itself or others as the actual or spiritual chosen poeple of God : elect

II. adjective

Usage: usually capitalized

Etymology: Israel, independent Jewish state in Palestine, from Hebrew Yiśrā'ēl

: israeli

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