medine (muh-DEE-nuh) listen
medina (mih-dee-NAH) listen


  • n. An area, country, land.

  • n. An area of expertise.

  • n. Israel.

Example Sentences

  • "That’s his medine." (NJY)

  • "The Medina serves a dual purpose: 1- Its immediate function was to raise up the remnant of our people - both the survivors and the Jews who escaped the horrors of the Shoah - who had fallen into deep depression, despair and hopelessness when the awesome unbearable tragedy of the Shoah became known...2- The Medina opened the way towards the final geula (redemption) of our people. The miracles we experience are daily reminders that a holy cloud hovers over the State of Israel, enveloping it in a collective bracha (blessing) in all fields of human endeavor." (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • Yiddish
  • Modern Hebrew


  • TH מְדִינָה > MH מְדִינָה m'diná 'country', Y מדינה medine

    • Who Uses This

      • Israel: Diaspora Jews who feel connected to Israel and have spent time there
      • Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older
      • Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage


      • North America


      • The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).
      • Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).

      Alternative Spellings

      medina, medineh, medinah

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