Definitions

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

  • A country of southwest Asia in northwest Arabia. Inhabited since biblical times, the area was conquered by the Romans (first century A.D.), Arabs (seventh century), and Ottoman Turks, who held it from 1516 until World War I. As Transjordan the country became part of the British mandate of Palestine in 1920, gaining independence in 1946. It was renamed Jordan in 1949 after acquiring the West Bank, which it later renounced in 1974. Amman is the capital and the largest city. Population: 6,050,000.
  • Jordan, Barbara Charline 1936-1996. American politician. An eloquent spokesperson for the rights of poor people and minority groups, she served as a U.S. representative for Texas (1973-1979).
  • Jordan, Michael Jeffrey Born 1963. American basketball player. A guard with the Chicago Bulls (1985-1993, 1995-1999) he holds a National Basketball Association record for most seasons leading the league in scoring, and was named the NBA's most valuable player four times.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A country in the Middle East. Official name: Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.
  • proper n. A river of the Middle East, mentioned in the Bible, that empties into the Dead Sea, and after which the country is named.
  • proper n. A male given name; in the Middle Ages given to children baptized with Jordan water brought by Crusaders.
  • proper n. A surname derived from the male given name.
  • proper n. A female given name used since mid-20th century.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A pot or vessel with a large neck, formerly used by physicians and alchemists.
  • n. A chamber pot.
  • proper n. A landlocked country of the Middle East, surrounded by Israel, Iraq, Syria, and Saudi Arabia, and that area on the west bank of the Jordan river which was once claimed by Jordan, and is at present occupied by Israel and in part governed by a Palestinian authority. It has a population of 4,212,152 (1996) in a total area of 89,213 sq km. The population is predominantly Arab and Moslem. Officially known as the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, it was formerly called Trans-Jordan when occupied by the British. The government is a constitutional monarchy, with King Hussein Bin Talal Al Hashimi as its ruler since 2 May 1953. Jordan is a small developing Arab country, having a Gross Domestic Product of $19.3 billion in 1995.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A bottle in which pilgrims brought home water from the river Jordan.
  • n. A kind of pot or vessel formerly used by alchemists, in shape not unlike a soda-water bottle, only that the neck was wider.
  • n. A chamber-pot.
  • n.
  • n. An obsolete constellation, formed by Jacob Bartsch in 1624 of the stars which later went to Lynx and Leo Minor.

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

  • n. a river in Palestine that empties into the Dead Sea; John the Baptist baptized Jesus in the Jordan
  • n. an Arab kingdom in southwestern Asia on the Red Sea

Etymologies

From Hebrew ירדן (yarden), Jordan (originally the river). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Ali Jarekji/Reuters JORDAN RAIN: A resident made his way home in the rain, walking past the Abu Darweesh Mosque in Amman, Jordan, Tuesday.

    Today's Photos: March 3

  • THE JORDAN TIMES editorial, entitled "A Thought for Humanity", in the 25th of December edition of the THE JORDAN TIMES indicates the degree of impatience Jordan and other neighbouring Holy Land states are having with both Israel's and Hamas 'belligerent (i.e. round-the-wagons) approach to governance and failed peacemaking in this new Millennium.

    William Walker Reports from Rachel's Tomb Checkpoint of the Massive Barrier Wall Near Bethlehem this Christmas

  • QUEEN RANIA OF JORDAN: On behalf of the people of Jordan, let me express my heartfelt concern for the citizens of Southern California, as they battle atrocious and dangerous wildfires.

    CNN Transcript Oct 26, 2007

  • STEPHEN JONES, JORDAN EDMUND'S ATTORNEY: Jordan answered all of their questions relying upon his memory as it exists.

    CNN Transcript Oct 11, 2006

  • STEPHEN JONES, ATTORNEY FOR FORMER PAGE JORDAN EDMUND: Jordan answered all of their questions relying upon his memory as it exists.

    CNN Transcript Oct 11, 2006

  • STEPHEN JONES, ATTORNEY FOR JORDAN EDMUND: Jordan answered all of their questions, relying upon his memory, as it exists.

    CNN Transcript Oct 10, 2006

  • STEPHEN JONES, LAWYER FOR JORDAN EDMOND: I think Jordan called me because it's a legal process, a political process, and a media process, a velocity of coverage and public interest in the matter.

    CNN Transcript Oct 6, 2006

  • STEPHEN JONES, JORDAN EDMUND'S ATTORNEY: Jordan answered all of their questions, relying upon his memory as it exists.

    CNN Transcript Oct 11, 2006

  • KARIM KAWAR, JORDAN.S AMBASSADOR TO U.S.: Jordan supports the U.N. Security Council resolutions, so we support Resolution 1559, and we support all other resolutions.

    CNN Transcript Mar 6, 2005

  • QUEEN RANIA OF JORDAN: In Jordan, for example, micro credit has been an incredible tool that we've implemented to try to lift people out of poverty.

    CNN Transcript Sep 17, 2005

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