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English definition of “the Middle East”

the Middle East

noun     (US also the Mideast,   US  /ˌmɪdˈiːst/   )
the area from the eastern Mediterranean to Iran, including Syria, Jordan, Israel, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Iraq, and sometimes also Egypt: He worked in the Middle East for ten years. → Compare the Far EastContinents and regions of the worldCountry namesCountry and nation Middle Eastern     adjective Middle Eastern capitals include Baghdad and Tel Aviv.Continents and regions of the worldCountry namesCountry and nation
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