Near East
geographical name the countries of SW Asia & NE Africa — sometimes used interchangeably with Middle East, which has become the more common term • Near Eastern adjective

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Near East — n the Near East the Middle East >Near Eastern adj ▪ Ancient Near Eastern literature …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Near East — Near Eastern. an indefinite geographical or regional term, usually referring to the countries of SW Asia, including Turkey, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia and the other nations of the Arabian Peninsula. Cf. Middle East… …   Universalium

  • Near East — Near′ East′ n. geg a geographical region usu. considered to encompass the countries of SW Asia, including Turkey, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and the other nations of the Arabian Peninsula Compare Middle East 1) Near′… …   From formal English to slang

  • Near East — ► NOUN ▪ the countries of SW Asia between the Mediterranean and India (including the Middle East). DERIVATIVES Near Eastern adjective …   English terms dictionary

  • Near East — 1. countries near the E end of the Mediterranean, including those of SW Asia, the Arabian Peninsula, & NE Africa 2. Historical the lands occupied by the former Ottoman Empire, including the Balkans Near Eastern adj …   English World dictionary

  • Near East — The original Near East; that is, the Ottoman Empire at the beginning of the eastern question. The term is only meaningful as a contrast to Far East. Much of the original extent is south; moreover, countries such as Greece disavow any association… …   Wikipedia

  • Near East — noun the Near East the Middle East Near Eastern adjective: Ancient Near Eastern literature …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • Near East — N PROPER: the N The Near East is the same as the Middle East …   English dictionary

  • Near East — /nɪər ˈist/ (say nearr eest) noun an area stretching from the eastern shores of the Mediterranean and Aegean to the western side of India, roughly corresponding to the Middle East; formerly thought of as including the Balkan States. –Near Eastern …   Australian English dictionary

  • Near East — noun the countries of SW Asia between the Mediterranean and India (including the Middle East). Derivatives Near Eastern adjective …   English new terms dictionary

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