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Lebanon

Syllabification: Leb·a·non
Pronunciation: /ˈlebəˌnən
 
, ˈlebəˌnän
 
/

Definition of Lebanon in English:

1A country in the Middle East, with a coastline on the Mediterranean Sea; population 4,017,100 (est. 2009); capital, Beirut; official language, Arabic.

Part of the Ottoman Empire from the early 16th century, Lebanon became a French mandate after World War I and achieved independence in 1943. Until the mid 1970s the country prospered, but conflict between the Christian and Muslim communities, the influx of Palestinian refugees, and repeated Middle Eastern wars destabilized the country. The first general elections in 20 years were held in 1992

2An industrial city in southeastern Pennsylvania, in Pennsylvania Dutch country; population 24,097 (est. 2008).

Derivatives

Lebanese

1
Pronunciation: /ˌlebəˈnēz, -ˈnēs/
adjective& noun
Example sentences
  • The full text of Bush's executive order on Lebanese sovereignty is available on the White House Web site.
  • But ultimately, the Lebanese remain convinced that there's little they can do to avert any of these catastrophes.
  • Well-dressed families, couples and young artsy types mill about sampling foods like saj, a traditional Lebanese flatbread usually smeared with thyme and olive oil and baked on a rounded open grill.

Words that rhyme with Lebanon

Algernon • Vernon

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