Meaning of “the Middle East” in the English Dictionary

"the Middle East" in British English

See all translations

the Middle Eastnoun

uk /ˌmɪd.əl ˈiːst/ us /ˌmɪd.əl ˈiːst/ US also the Mideast, us /ˌmɪdˈiːst/ uk

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
Middle Eastern
adjective uk us

Middle Eastern capitals include Baghdad and Tel Aviv.

(Definition of “the Middle East” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)