- An example of a diaspora is the 6th century exile of Jews from outside Israel to Babylon.
- An example of a diaspora is a community of Jewish people settled together after they were dispersed from another land.
- the dispersion of the Jews after the Babylonian Exile
- the Jews thus dispersed
- the places where they settled
- [d-] any scattering of people with a common origin, background, beliefs, etc.
Origin of DiasporaClassical Greek diaspora, a scattering from diasperein, to scatter from dia-, across + speirein, to sow: see spore
- The dispersion of Jews outside of Israel from the sixth century BC, when they were exiled to Babylonia, until the present time.
- often diaspora The body of Jews or Jewish communities outside Palestine or modern Israel.
- diaspora a. A dispersion of a people from their original homeland.b. The community formed by such a people: “the glutinous dish known throughout the [West African] diaspora as … fufu” ( Jonell Nash )
- diaspora A dispersion of an originally homogeneous entity, such as a language or culture: “the diaspora of English into several mutually incomprehensible languages” ( Randolph Quirk )
Origin of DiasporaGreek diasporā dispersion from diaspeirein to spread about dia- apart ; see dia- . speirein to sow, scatter ; see sper- in Indo-European roots.
- di·as′po·ric di·as′po·ral
- The dispersion of the Jews among the Gentiles after the Captivity.
- Any similar dispersion.
- The African diaspora caused a melding of cultures, both African cultures and Western ones, in many places.
- A group so dispersed, especially Jews outside of the land of Israel.
- The regions where such a dispersed group (especially the Jews) resides, taken collectively.
- Jews in the diaspora often have a different perspective of anti-Semitism from Israeli Jews.
- Any dispersion of an originally homogeneous entity, such as a language or culture.
From Ancient Greek διασπορά (diaspora, “dispersion”), from διασπείρω (diaspeirō, “I scatter”), from διά (dia, “across”) + σπείρω (speirō, “I sow”).
- (similar dispersion): In this sense the term is frequently qualified, for example as “the African Diaspora”.