Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A city divided between east-central Israel and the Israeli-occupied West Bank. Jerusalem was founded as far back as the fourth millennium B.C. and was ruled by the Canaanites, Hebrews, Greeks, Romans, Persians, Arabs, Crusaders, Turks, and British before being divided in 1949 into eastern and western sectors under Israeli and Jordanian control. In 1967, Israeli forces captured the eastern sector from Jordan, later declaring the city as a whole to be the capital of the state of Israel. The legal status of Jerusalem, considered a holy city to Jews, Muslims, and Christians, remains fiercely disputed. Population: 729,000.

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  • proper n. Ancient city of Palestine and the current capital of Israel; a holy city for Judaism (Temple of Solomon and the capital of the ancient kingdoms of Israel and Judeah), Christianity (Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection), and Islam (Muhammad’s ascension to heaven).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The chief city of Palestine, intimately associated with the glory of the Jewish nation, and the life and death of Jesus Christ.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. capital and largest city of the modern state of Israel (although its status as capital is disputed); it was captured from Jordan in 1967 in the Six Day War; a holy city for Jews and Christians and Muslims; was the capital of an ancient kingdom

Etymologies

From Late Latin Ierusalem, Hierusalem, from Latin Hierosolyma, from Ancient Greek Ἰερουσαλήμ (Ierousalēm), from Hebrew יְרוּשָׁלַיִם (Yerushalayim), from Western Semitic Urušalimmi (attested in Ancient Egyptian), compound of Semitic *uru 'house, town' and *salim either 'peace' or 'Shalim, Canaanite goddess of twilight'. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • VIEW FAVORITES yahooBuzzArticleHeadline = 'Gideon Levy: Israel is lying to itself about \'united Jerusalem\' '; yahooBuzzArticleSummary =' And the prime minister has told us other lies, such as "our commitment to protect freedom of worship for all the religions in Jerusalem, and to ensure fair and equal treatment for the city\'s residents, Jews and Arabs alike."

    OpEdNews - Quicklink: Gideon Levy: Israel is lying to itself about 'united Jerusalem'

  • JERUSALEM - Israel is quietly carrying out a $100 million, multiyear development plan in some of the most significant religious and national heritage sites just outside the walled Old City here as part of an effort to strengthen the status of Jerusalem as its capital.

    OpEdNews - Quicklink: Jerusalem project raises concerns

  • OF THE HOLY LAND, JERUSALEM: This region, Jerusalem and Judea, represented an important land bridge between Syria and Egypt.

    CNN Transcript Dec 24, 2008

  • BEN WEDEMAN, CNN SENIOR CORRESPONDENT, JERUSALEM: Well, we're in East Talpiot, which is a southern suburb of Jerusalem.

    CNN Transcript Feb 26, 2007

  • YIGAL AMEDI, JERUSALEM DEPUTY MAYOR: In Jerusalem, it's a very safe place now.

    CNN Transcript Jul 21, 2006

  • DAVID HOROVITZ, EDITOR, "JERUSALEM POST": I think most Israelis are saying to themselves that if Yasser Arafat had chosen to make peace with Israel, it really wouldn't be Israel's say as to whether he would be buried in East Jerusalem or not, because of course he would have had a stake in Jerusalem.

    CNN Transcript Nov 7, 2004

  • MIKE HANNA, CNN JERUSALEM BUREAU CHIEF: Well, Leon, indeed, once again the exact number of bodies still to be ascertained from this terror attack in Jerusalem.

    CNN Transcript Jun 11, 2003

  • MIKE HANNA, CNN JERUSALEM BUREAU CHIEF: Well, Heidi, the much - ameeted (ph) -- waited meeting between the two prime ministers taking place here in Jerusalem with in the next few hours.

    CNN Transcript May 29, 2003

  • MIKE HANNA, CNN JERUSALEM BUREAU CHIEF: Well, Anderson, the latest we have received from police, the police chief of Jerusalem saying that there have been four Israeli casualties in this, three people lightly injured, one person moderately injured.

    CNN Transcript Jul 30, 2002

  • MIKE HANNA, CNN JERUSALEM BUREAU CHIEF: Well, we had an explosion in an Orthodox suburb in the middle of Jerusalem, a suburb called Mea Shearim.

    CNN Transcript - Breaking News: Blast Hits Jerusalem Neighborhood; Minor Injuries Reported - February 8, 2001

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