1. a. a dispersion of a people from their original homeland. b. the community formed by such a people 2. the dispersion of Jews outside of Israel from the sixth century b.c., when they were exiled to Babylonia, until the present time 3. the body of Jews or Jewish communities outside Palestine or modern Israel 4. a dispersion of an originally homogeneous entity, such as a language or culture

I heard this word used on National Public Radio today referring to the people displaced by Hurricane Katrina who are now relocating to other parts of the country.

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