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Canaan Syllabification: Ca·naan
Pronunciation: /ˈkānən/

Definition of Canaan in English:

The biblical name for the area of ancient Palestine west of the Jordan River, the Promised Land of the Israelites, who conquered and occupied it during the latter part of the 2nd millennium bc.



Pronunciation: /ˈkānəˌnīt/
noun& adjective
Example sentences
  • Much of that literature has also been found in translation in other contemporary societies of the Near East, such as the literature of the Hittites and the Canaanites.
  • He also refers to the myth of Gilgamesh, describing a vision of Anat, the Canaanite goddess, and quotes verses of the Bible.
  • As judge, she was also leader of the army, having proved herself in battle, delivering Israel from the Canaanites.


Early 17th century: via ecclesiastical Latin from ecclesiastical Greek Khanaan, from Hebrew kĕna`an.

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