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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
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  • Balthazar had given us eight crowns; there was one remaining of the common fund.

  • They had gained one of the roofless halls, when he encountered Balthazar.

    Rookwood William Harrison Ainsworth
  • Little by little Balthazar's eyes lost their fire and took the glaucous opaque tint which overspreads the eyes of old men.

    The Alkahest Honore de Balzac
  • As a matter of fact the children are those of Balthazar Gerbier.

    Six Centuries of Painting Randall Davies
  • Thus Balthazar obtained from William's charity what Parma's thrift had denied—a fund for carrying out his purpose.

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

    Life on the Stage Clara Morris
  • Then she knocked gently on the door of communication, to assure herself that Balthazar had not fallen into abstraction.

    The Alkahest Honore de Balzac
  • 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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