A country in the Middle East, on the Mediterranean Sea; population 8,100,000 (estimated 2015); capital (not recognized as such by the United Nations), Jerusalem; languages, Hebrew (official), English, and Arabic.
1940s: from Israel.
1The Hebrew nation or people. According to tradition, they are descended from the patriarch Jacob (also named Israel), whose twelve sons became founders of the twelve tribes of ancient Israel.See also Tribes of Israel
2The northern kingdom of the Hebrews (c.930–721 BC), formed after the reign of Solomon, whose inhabitants were carried away to captivity in Assyria.See also Judah (sense 2)
Old English: from Hebrew Yiśrā'ēl ‘he that strives with God’ (see Gen. 32:28).
We take a look at several popular, though confusing, punctuation marks.