Definition of intifada in English:


Pronunciation /ˌin(t)əˈfädə/ /ˌɪn(t)əˈfɑdə/


  • The Palestinian uprising against Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, beginning in 1987.

    • ‘Over 350 people have died since the beginning of the intifada, or Palestinian uprising, three months ago.’
    • ‘The Palestinian intifada, or uprising, broke out two years ago this Saturday.’
    • ‘This is the source of the intifada, the uprising of Palestinian youth and workers against the Israeli regime.’
    • ‘He lost his foot during a helicopter attack in the early days of the intifada, or uprising.’
    • ‘It was given an impetus by the first Palestinian intifada, or uprising, which started in 1987.’
    • ‘There has been a three year long intifada, or uprising, against Israeli occupation.’
    • ‘He was in command of the Israeli army on the West Bank when the first Palestinian uprising or intifada began in 1987.’


Arabic intifāḍa ‘an uprising’ (literally ‘a jumping up as a reaction to something’), from intifaḍa ‘be shaken, shake oneself’.



/ˌin(t)əˈfädə/ /ˌɪn(t)əˈfɑdə/