Main definitions of Israel in English

: Israel1Israel2

Israel1

proper noun

  • A country in the Middle East, on the Mediterranean Sea; population 7,233,700 (est. 2009); capital (not recognized as such by the United Nations), Jerusalem; languages, Hebrew (official), English, and Arabic.

Origin

1940s: from Israel.

Pronunciation:

Israel

/ˈizrēəl//ˈizˌrāl/

Main definitions of Israel in English

: Israel1Israel2

Israel2

proper noun

  • 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.

  • 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

Origin

Old English: from Hebrew Yiśrā'ēl he that strives with God (see Gen. 32:28).

Pronunciation:

Israel

/ˈizrēəl//ˈizˌrāl/