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[bel-shaz-er] /bɛlˈʃæz ər/
a prince of Babylon, son of Nabonidus and co-regent with him, referred to in the Bible as a king of Babylon and son of Nebuchadnezzar. Dan. 5.
Origin of Belshazzar
< Hebrew Belshaṣṣar < Akkadian Bēl-shar-uṣur may Bel guard the king Unabridged
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  • The summer was devoted to the composition of Belshazzar, for which Jennens had supplied the libretto.

    Handel Edward J. Dent
  • The abominations of the banquets of Belshazzar and Cleopatra were re-enacted there.

    Clarimonde Thophile Gautier
  • In that night was Belshazzar the king of the Chaldeans slain.

  • It is the same Hand that wrote on the wall the sentence of Belshazzar.

    Broken Bread Thomas Champness
  • There was held Belshazzar's feast, and was seen the writing on the wall.

    Museum of Antiquity L. W. Yaggy
  • He sat down on Belshazzar's broad back and twisted his moustaches.

    The Blue Germ Martin Swayne
  • Nebuchadnezzar and Belshazzar were ordained of God, but they were both idolaters.

    The Government of God John Taylor
  • Even for Belshazzar it might perhaps not prove to be too late.

  • Yet Belshazzar was not the son of Nebuchadnezzar, neither was he king of Babylon.

    The Bible John E. Remsburg
  • Belshazzar was not the son of Nebuchadnezzar; neither was he king of Babylon.

    The Bible John E. Remsburg
British Dictionary definitions for Belshazzar


6th century bc, the son of Nabonidus, coregent of Babylon with his father for eight years: referred to as king and son of Nebuchadnezzar in the Old Testament (Daniel 5:1, 17; 8:1); described as having received a divine message of doom written on a wall at a banquet (Belshazzar's Feast)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Belshazzar

last Chaldean king of Babylon (Dan. v), from Hebrew Belshatztzar, a contraction of Akkadian Bel-shar-usur, literally "Bel-protect-the-king" (see Bel).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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