Definition of dunam in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdʊnəm/


A measure of land area used in parts of the former Turkish empire, including Israel (where it is equal to about 900 square metres).
Example sentences
  • Earlier - a few months after Israel's creation - he sold 2.4 million dunam (one dunam is equal to 1,000 square metres) to the Jewish National Fund.
  • However, what immediately sparked the Land Day uprising was the Ministry of Finance decision of 29 February 1976 to confiscate 21,000 dunams of Palestinian land in Galilee.
  • ‘I used to own 200 dunams [about 800 acres],’ he says between sips of tea.


From modern Hebrew dûnām or Arabic dūnum, from Turkish dönüm, from dönmek 'go round'.

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