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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • An ancient region of the southern Levant including the land between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean as well as much of present-day Lebanon and Jordan and parts of western Syria. In the Bible it is the Promised Land of the Israelites.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun an ancient country is southwest Asia on the eastern coast of the Mediterranean.

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  • proper noun An historic region of the Middle East, roughly equivalent to Palestine.
  • proper noun biblical A grandson of Noah.
  • proper noun rare A male given name of biblical origin.

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  • noun an ancient country in southwestern Asia on the east coast of the Mediterranean Sea; a place of pilgrimage for Christianity and Islam and Judaism

Etymologies

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From the Latin Chanaān, from Ancient Greek Χαναάν (Khanaan), from Hebrew כְּנַעַן (k'ná'an).

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