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 Dictionary entry overview: What does Jordan mean? 

JORDAN (noun)
  The noun JORDAN has 2 senses:

1. a river in Palestine that empties into the Dead Sea; John the Baptist baptized Jesus in the Jordan
2. an Arab kingdom in southwestern Asia on the Red Sea

  Familiarity information: JORDAN used as a noun is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

JORDAN (noun)

Sense 1Jordan [BACK TO TOP]


A river in Palestine that empties into the Dead Sea; John the Baptist baptized Jesus in the Jordan

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural objects (not man-made)


Jordan; Jordan River

Instance hypernyms:

river (a large natural stream of water (larger than a creek))

Holonyms ("Jordan" is a part of...):

Canaan; Holy Land; Palestine; Promised Land (an ancient country in southwestern Asia on the east coast of the Mediterranean Sea; a place of pilgrimage for Christianity and Islam and Judaism)

Sense 2Jordan [BACK TO TOP]


An Arab kingdom in southwestern Asia on the Red Sea

Classified under:

Nouns denoting spatial position


Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan; Jordan

Instance hypernyms:

Asian country; Asian nation (nations occupying the Asian continent)

Meronyms (parts of "Jordan"):

Jericho (a village in Jordan near the north end of the Dead Sea; in the Old Testament it was the first place taken by the Israelites under Joshua as they entered the Promised Land)

Amman; capital of Jordan (the capital and largest city of Jordan)

Akaba; Al Aqabah; Aqaba (Jordan's port; located in southwestern Jordan on the Gulf of Aqaba)

Dead Sea (a saltwater lake on the border between Israel and Jordan; its surface in 1292 feet below sea level)

Az Zarqa; Zarqa (city in northwestern Jordan)

Syrian Desert (a desert of northern Arabia occupying western Iraq, southern Syria, eastern Jordan, and northern Saudi Arabia)

Meronyms (members of "Jordan"):

Jordanian (a native or inhabitant of Jordan)

Domain member region:

al-Asifa; al-Fatah; Fatah (a Palestinian political and military organization founded by Yasser Arafat in 1958 to work toward the creation of a Palestinian state; during the 1960s and 1970s trained terrorist and insurgent groups)

Black September Movement (a former Palestinian terrorist organization (now merged with Fatah Revolutionary Council) that assassinated the Prime Minister of Jordan and during the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich killed 11 Israeli athletes)

Holonyms ("Jordan" is a part of...):

Middle East; Mideast; Near East (the area around the eastern Mediterranean; from Turkey to northern Africa and eastward to Iran; the site of such ancient civilizations as Phoenicia and Babylon and Egypt and the birthplace of Judaism and Christianity and Islam; had continuous economic and political turmoil in the 20th century)

Asia (the largest continent with 60% of the earth's population; it is joined to Europe on the west to form Eurasia; it is the site of some of the world's earliest civilizations)

Holonyms ("Jordan" is a member of...):

Arab League (an international organization of independent Arab states formed in 1945 to promote cultural and economic and military and political and social cooperation)

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