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diaspora

noun

  1. (body)  the body of Jews (or Jewish communities) outside Palestine or modern Israel
    Type of: body
  2. (distribution)  the dispersion or spreading of something that was originally localized (as a people, language, or culture)
    Type of: distribution

Diaspora

noun

Etymology summary

Greek, from diaspeirein "disperse", from dia 'across'+ speirein "scatter". The...
(Source: Oxford Dictionary)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Diaspora

"the movement, migration, or scattering of people away from an established homeland" or "people dispersed by whatever cause to more than one location", or "people settled far from their ancestral homelands". The word has come to refer to historical ... (39 of 4397 words, 1 image)

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Diaspora (disambiguation)

the dispersion of a population from their native land. Diaspora may also refer to: Any particular diaspora. See List of diasporas | Diaspora politics Diaspora politics in the United States | Diaspora studies | Diaspora (novel), a science fiction book... (37 of 170 words, 11 definitions)

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Oxford Dictionary:

diaspora | the diaspora | diasporic [derived]

("the diaspora") | the dispersion of the Jews beyond Israel. | Jews living outside Israel. | the dispersion or spread of any people from their ... (22 of 151 words, 5 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/diaspora

American Heritage Dictionary:

Diaspora | diasporic [adjective, related] | diasporal [adjective, related]

The dispersion of Jews outside of Israel from the sixth century B.C., when they were exiled to Babylonia, until the present time. | often "diaspora" : ... (25 of 122 words, 5 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Merriam-Webster:

diaspora | Diaspora [sense-specific] | diasporic [adjective, related]

"Diaspora": the settling of scattered colonies of Jews outside Palestine ... | the movement, migration, or scattering of a people away from an ... (22 of 109 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/diaspora

Random House Dictionary:

Diaspora

the scattering of the Jews to countries outside of Palestine after the Babylonian captivity. | "Diaspora" or "diaspora": the body of Jews living in ... (23 of 87 words, 6 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/diaspora

Macmillan British Dictionary:

diaspora [singular, formal]

the movement of a large group of people from their home country to other countries in the world ; a large group of people who come from a particular ... (29 of 71 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/diaspora

Wiktionary:

diaspora | diasporas [plural] | Diaspora [certain senses, sense-specific]

The dispersion of the Jews among the Gentiles after the Captivity. | Any similar dispersion. | A group so dispersed, especially Jews outside of the land of Israel. | The regions where such a dispersed group (especially the Jews) resides, taken ... (38 of 68 words, 5 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/diaspora

Diaspora

The dispersion of the Jews from the land of Israel. | The Jews so dispersed, taken collectively. | A similar dispersion. (19 of 42 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/Diaspora

Cambridge Dictionary:

diaspora [formal]

the spreading of people from one original country to other countries (11 of 17 words, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/diaspora

Britannica Encyclopedia:

Diaspora [Judaism]

Hebrew Galut, the dispersion of Jews among the Gentiles after the Babylonian Exile; or the aggregate of Jews or Jewish communities scattered "in ... (23 of 618 words, 1 image)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/161756​/Diaspora

Collins Dictionary:

Diaspora

the dispersion of the Jews after the Babylonian and Roman conquests of Palestine | the Jewish communities outside Israel | the Jews living outside ... (22 of 388 words, 7 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Columbia Encyclopedia:

Diaspora

term used today to denote the Jewish communities living outside the Holy Land. It was originally used to designate the dispersal of the Jews at the ... (26 of 175 words, pronunciation)

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New World Dictionary:

Diaspora

the dispersion of the Jews after the Babylonian Exile ; the Jews thus dispersed ; the places where they settled | any scattering of people with a ... (26 of 50 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

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Encarta Dictionary:

diaspora

a dispersion of a people, language, or culture that was formerly concentrated in one place (15 of 43 words, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861604451​/definition​.html  [offline]

Diaspora | Dispersion [Judaism, sense-specific]

the dispersion of the Jews from Palestine following the Babylonians' ... | the Jewish communities living outside either the present-day state of ... (21 of 66 words, 2 definitions)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861672398​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Oxford Dictionary:

diaspora | the diaspora

Origin: Greek, from diaspeirein "disperse", from dia 'across'+ speirein "scatter". The term originated in the Septuagint (Deuteronomy ... (16 of 38 etymology words)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/diaspora

Online Etymology:

diaspora

First use: 1876

Origin: Greek diaspora "dispersion", from diaspeirein "to scatter about, disperse", from dia- "about, across" + speirein "to ... (17 of 34 etymology words)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

Diaspora

Origin: Greek diasporā, dispersion, from diaspeirein, to spread about: dia-, apart; see "dia-" + speirein, to sow, scatter; see sper- in Indo-European roots.

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Collins Dictionary:

Diaspora

First use: 19th century

Origin: from Greek: a scattering, from diaspeirein to disperse, from dia- + speirein to scatter, sow; see spore

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/diaspora

Wiktionary:

diaspora | diasporas [plural]

Origin: Ancient Greek διασπορά (diaspora, "dispersion"), from διασπείρω (diaspeirō, "I scatter"), from διά (dia, "across") + σπείρω (speirō, "I sow").

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/diaspora

Diaspora

Origin: See diaspora.

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New World Dictionary:

Diaspora

Origin: Greek diaspora, a scattering from diasperein, to scatter from dia-, across + speirein, to sow: see "spore"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/diaspora

Merriam-Webster:

diaspora | Diaspora [sense-specific]

First use: 1881

Origin: Greek, dispersion, from diaspeirein to scatter, from dia- + speirein to sow

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/diaspora

Columbia Encyclopedia:

Diaspora

Origin: Greek, "dispersion" | exile: Hebrew, "Galut"

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Encarta Dictionary:

diaspora

First use: Late 19th century

Origin: Greek from diaspeirein "disperse" from speirein "sow, scatter"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861604451​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

Diaspora

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "Diaspora"

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

diaspora [singular, formal]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "diaspora"

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

diaspora [singular, formal]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "diaspora"

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Cambridge Dictionary:

diaspora [formal]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "diaspora"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "diaspora"

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the Free Dictionary:

Diaspora

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Google Dictionary:

diaspora | diasporas [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "diaspora"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

diaspora

Audio: North American pronunciation of "diaspora"

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YourDictionary Audio:

Diaspora

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "Diaspora" by speech synthesizer

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