Proper Noun

  • A region in Southwest Asia spanning from the rivers Euphrates and Tigris that is the site of one of the most ancient civilizations in the history of man.
  • The British Mandate of Mesopotamia, a League of Nations mandate from 1920 to 1932 that was the precursor to the independent state of Iraq.
  • The Eaton Square district of London, England.


  • From the Classical Latin Mesopotamia, from the Koine Greek Μεσοποταμία, a feminine substantive form of the adjective μεσοποτάμιος, from the Ancient Greek μέσος + ποταμός + -ιος, so called because Mesopotamia is located between the rivers Euphrates and Tigris. Also used as a translation of the Ancient Hebrew נַהֲרַיִם, the dual form of נָהָר.

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