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Promised Land

noun
1.
2.
Canaan, the land promised by God to Abraham and his descendants. Gen. 12:7.
3.
(often lowercase) a place or situation believed to hold ultimate happiness.
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  • By this very route the old patriarch entered the Promised Land.

  • Is there not a Promised Land awaiting us in the north from which you would flee?

    The Field of Ice Jules Verne
  • Rounding a spur at the end of our six-hundredth mile from Denver, we first sighted the Mormon Promised Land.

    Greater Britain Charles Wentworth Dilke
  • For Charlie had made a study of the reports from the Promised Land.

    The Boy Settlers Noah Brooks
  • He felt that he too was indeed a wanderer, seeking the Promised Land.

    The Days of Mohammed Anna May Wilson
British Dictionary definitions for Promised Land

Promised Land

noun
1.
(Old Testament) the land of Canaan, promised by God to Abraham and his descendants as their heritage (Genesis 12:7)
2.
heaven, esp when considered as the goal towards which Christians journey in their earthly lives
3.
any longed-for place where one expects to find greater happiness or fulfilment
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Promised Land in Culture

Promised Land definition


The land that God promised he would give to the descendants of Abraham and Isaac and Jacob; the land flowing with milk and honey; the land of Canaan, or Palestine. The Israelites did not take it over until after the Exodus, when they conquered the people already living there.

Note: By extension, an idyllic place or state of being that a person hopes to reach, especially one that cannot be reached except by patience and determination, is called a “Promised Land.”
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