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[beys, beyt; Sephardic Hebrew bet] /beɪs, beɪt; Sephardic Hebrew bɛt/
the second letter of the Hebrew alphabet.
either of the consonant sounds represented by this letter.
Also, bet, bes.
Origin of beth
1905-10; < Hebrew bēth literally, house; see beta


[beth] /bɛθ/
a female given name, form of Elizabeth. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • In the middle of the winter beth and William and their mother went to a friends house to stay for a week.

    Boys and Girls of Colonial Days Carolyn Sherwin Bailey
  • “You brought it on yourself, beth,” he reminded her in a low tone.

    The Fighting Shepherdess
    Caroline Lockhart
  • It was difficult to associate beth with the idea of prudery or affectation.

    The Vagrant Duke George Gibbs
  • "Jerry, you sit in front for a while with Uncle Billy," suggested beth.

    A Day at the County Fair Alice Hale Burnett
  • "It seems to me he must have been kind of human, somehow," beth commented reflectively.

    The Vagrant Duke George Gibbs
British Dictionary definitions for beth


the second letter of the Hebrew alphabet (ב) transliterated as b
Word Origin
from Hebrew bēth-, bayith house
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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beth in the Bible

occurs frequently as the appellation for a house, or dwelling-place, in such compounds as the words immediately following:

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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