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Near East

noun
1.
an indefinite geographical or regional term, usually referring to the countries of SW Asia, including Turkey, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia and the other nations of the Arabian Peninsula.
Compare Middle East (def 1).
Related forms
Near Eastern, adjective, noun
Can be confused
Far East, Middle East, Near East.
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British Dictionary definitions for Near East

Near East

noun
1.
another term for the Middle East
2.
(formerly) the Balkan States and the area of the Ottoman Empire
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Near East definition


A region in western Asia and northeastern Africa, often considered the same as the Middle East.

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Encyclopedia Article for Near East

usually the lands around the eastern shores of the Mediterranean Sea, including northeastern Africa, southwestern Asia, and, occasionally, the Balkan Peninsula. The term Near East was used by the first modern Western geographers to refer to the nearer part of the Orient, a region roughly coextensive with the Ottoman Empire. Since World War II, the name has been largely supplanted by Middle East (q.v.), though frequently they are used interchangeably.

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