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[beth-uh-nee] /ˈbɛθ ə ni/
a village in W Jordan, near Jerusalem, at the foot of the Mount of Olives; occupied by Israel since 1967: home of Lazarus and his sisters, Martha and Mary. John 11:1.
a city in central Oklahoma.
a female given name. Unabridged
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  • She had full confidence that Martha could get up the best dinner in Bethany.

    The Wedding Ring T. De Witt Talmage
  • Is it possible,' thought he, 'that my visit to Bethany should have led to this captivity?'

    Tancred Benjamin Disraeli
  • He led them out as far as Bethany; then, lifting his hands, he blessed them.

    When Winter Comes to Main Street

    Grant Martin Overton
  • The Bethany circle dreamt not then of their impending trial.

    Memories of Bethany John Ross Macduff
  • And what was experienced in that lowly Bethany home, may be experienced by us.

    Memories of Bethany John Ross Macduff
British Dictionary definitions for Bethany


a village in the West Bank, near Jerusalem at the foot of the Mount of Olives: in the New Testament, the home of Lazarus and the lodging place of Jesus during Holy Week
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Word Origin and History for Bethany

Biblical village, its name in Hebrew or Aramaic is literally "house of poverty," from bet "house of" (construct state of bayit "house") + 'anya "poverty."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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