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[bal-they-zer, -thaz-er, bawl-, bahl-thuh-zahr] /bælˈθeɪ zər, -ˈθæz ər, bɔl-, ˈbɑl θəˌzɑr/
one of the three Magi.
a wine bottle holding 13 quarts (12.3 liters).
a male given name. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Madame Francois's horse, Balthazar, an animal that was far too fat, led the van.

  • As a matter of fact the children are those of Balthazar Gerbier.

    Six Centuries of Painting Randall Davies
  • It was no bearded demon that I beheld, but the gipsy patrico, Balthazar.

    Rookwood William Harrison Ainsworth
  • They had gained one of the roofless halls, when he encountered Balthazar.

    Rookwood William Harrison Ainsworth
  • "For the halter of Haman, you might say," returned Balthazar, sulkily.

    Rookwood William Harrison Ainsworth
  • Balthazar gives him time till the morrow, and until then withholds his anathema.

  • I have been made ridiculous by your measly little Balthazar—who should have been a man, sir!

    Life on the Stage Clara Morris
  • Moreover, there was Balthazar's prediction that he was to be happy with her for long years.

    Balzac Frederick Lawton
British Dictionary definitions for Balthazar


/ˈbælθəˌzɑː; bælˈθæzə/
a wine bottle holding the equivalent of sixteen normal bottles (approximately 12 litres)
Word Origin
C20: named after Balthazar (Belshazzar) from his drinking wine at a great feast (Daniel 5:1)


/ˈbælθəˌzɑː; bælˈθæzə/
(in Christian tradition) one of the Magi, the others being Caspar and Melchior
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Balthazar

masc. proper name, from French, from Latin, from Greek Baltasar, from Hebrew Belteshatztzar (Dan. x:1), from Babylonian Balat-shar-usur, literally "save the life of the king."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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