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The Middle East (modern sense).

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Compound of middle +‎ east formed in English, modeled on Far East and Near East. Attested from the latter 19th century.

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Middle East

  1. (dated) The region between the Near East and the Far East.
    • 1920 April 21, House of Commons, quoting Austen Chamberlain, “Budget proposals, Committee of Ways and Means”, in The Parliamentary Debates, volume 128, page 455:
      Well, what may happen in the Middle East? I agree there are uncertainties, but when he was condemning the policy of the Government with regard to the Turkish peace, had he thought for a moment of the financial effect of the policy which he advocated?
  2. The region comprising southwest Asia and northeast Africa.

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