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The unicameral parliament of Israel.

[Modern Hebrew Kneset, from Mishnaic Hebrew kəneset, assembly, from Aramaic kəništā, from kənaš, to assemble; see kms in Semitic roots.]
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(ˈknɛsɪt) or


(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the unicameral parliament of Israel
[Hebrew, literally: gathering]
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(ˈknɛs ɛt, kəˈnɛs-)

the unicameral parliament of Israel.
[1949; < Modern Hebrew kneset, post-Biblical Hebrew kəneseth gathering]
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Noun1.Knesset - the Israeli unicameral parliament
parliament - a legislative assembly in certain countries
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n the Knessetdie Knesset
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