from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- A country of southwest Asia in northwest Arabia. Inhabited since biblical times, the area was conquered by the Romans (first century A.D.), Arabs (seventh century), and Ottoman Turks, who held it from 1516 until World War I. As Transjordan the country became part of the British mandate of Palestine in 1920, gaining independence in 1946. It was renamed Jordan in 1949 after acquiring the West Bank, which it later renounced in 1974. Amman is the capital and the largest city. Population: 6,050,000.
- Jordan, Barbara Charline 1936-1996. American politician. An eloquent spokesperson for the rights of poor people and minority groups, she served as a U.S. representative for Texas (1973-1979).
- Jordan, Michael Jeffrey Born 1963. American basketball player. A guard with the Chicago Bulls (1985-1993, 1995-1999) he holds a National Basketball Association record for most seasons leading the league in scoring, and was named the NBA's most valuable player four times.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- proper n. A country in the Middle East. Official name: Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.
- proper n. A river of the Middle East, mentioned in the Bible, that empties into the Dead Sea, and after which the country is named.
- proper n. A male given name; in the Middle Ages given to children baptized with Jordan water brought by Crusaders.
- proper n. A surname derived from the male given name.
- proper n. A female given name used since mid-20th century.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- proper n. A landlocked country of the Middle East, surrounded by Israel, Iraq, Syria, and Saudi Arabia, and that area on the west bank of the Jordan river which was once claimed by Jordan, and is at present occupied by Israel and in part governed by a Palestinian authority. It has a population of 4,212,152 (1996) in a total area of 89,213 sq km. The population is predominantly Arab and Moslem. Officially known as the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, it was formerly called Trans-Jordan when occupied by the British. The government is a constitutional monarchy, with King Hussein Bin Talal Al Hashimi as its ruler since 2 May 1953. Jordan is a small developing Arab country, having a Gross Domestic Product of $19.3 billion in 1995.
- n. A pot or vessel with a large neck, formerly used by physicians and alchemists.
- n. A chamber pot.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A bottle in which pilgrims brought home water from the river Jordan.
- n. A kind of pot or vessel formerly used by alchemists, in shape not unlike a soda-water bottle, only that the neck was wider.
- n. A chamber-pot.
- n. An obsolete constellation, formed by Jacob Bartsch in 1624 of the stars which later went to Lynx and Leo Minor.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a river in Palestine that empties into the Dead Sea; John the Baptist baptized Jesus in the Jordan
- n. an Arab kingdom in southwestern Asia on the Red Sea
From Hebrew ירדן (yarden), Jordan (originally the river). (Wiktionary)