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Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (3)

1. the body of Jews (or Jewish communities) outside Palestine or modern Israel;

2. the dispersion of the Jews outside Israel; from the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem in 587-86 BC when they were exiled to Babylonia up to the present time;

3. the dispersion or spreading of something that was originally localized (as a people or language or culture);


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Diaspora \Di*as"po*ra\, n. [Gr. ?. See Diaspore.] Lit., "Dispersion." -- applied collectively: (a) To those Jews who, after the Exile, were scattered through the Old World, and afterwards to Jewish Christians living among heathen. Cf. --James i. 1. (b) By extension, to Christians isolated from their own communion, as among the Moravians to those living, usually as missionaries, outside of the parent congregation. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

diaspora n 1: the body of Jews (or Jewish communities) outside Palestine or modern Israel 2: the dispersion of the Jews outside Israel; from the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem in 587-86 BC when they were exiled to Babylonia up to the present time 3: the dispersion or spreading of something that was originally localized (as a people or language or culture)