from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- A port city of northern Israel on the Bay of Haifa. During the Crusades it changed hands many times between Christians and Muslims. Acre was ceded to the Arabs in the United Nations partition of Palestine in 1948 but was captured by Israel shortly thereafter. Population: 45,900.
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- proper n. A port city in northern Israel.
- proper n. A state in north-western Brazil, bordering Peru and Bolivia.
- proper n. A surname.
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"If you doubt me, only ask Sir Sydney Smith; he'll talk to you about Acre for thirty-six hours on a stretch, without taking breath; his cockswain at last got so tired of it, that he nick-named him '_Long Acre_.'"
ACRE, Israel (Reuters) - The Israeli prime minister-designate visited the ancient port of Acre on Friday to call for calm between Jews and Arabs after two nights of clashes which revived fears that go to the heart of Israel's identity.
I have received a letter from a prisoner in Acre prison, to the Arab summit:
They owned little land, they had worked on neighboring kibbutzim and in Acre factories.
The Christian Arab schoolteacher had told me of a priest in Acre whom I should see, but I could not find him.
So they came to Ptolemais, which some called Acre, and they rode a weary way to Jerusalem, till the young King Baldwin of Jerusalem, the third of that name, came out to meet them with a very rich train.
In 1271, Edward proceeded to the Holy Land and rescued Acre from the Saracens, but nearly perished by the hand of an assassin.
Only a few of the world's cities can boast such a stormy and checkered history as Akko (Akka in Arabic, Acre in French and English), the main port of the country.
The state of Acre is represented in all the chronicles of te times, and most accurately in John Villani, l.vii. c. 144, in Muratoru Scriptores Rerum
Hope that you are having an interesting experience living in Acre.