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Nebuchadnezzar

[neb-uh-kuh d-nez-er, neb-yoo-]
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noun
  1. Also Neb·u·chad·rez·zar [neb-uh-kuh d-rez-er, neb-yoo-] /ˌnɛb ə kədˈrɛz ər, ˌnɛb yʊ-/ a king of Babylonia, 604?–561? b.c., and conqueror of Jerusalem. II Kings 24, 25.
  2. (sometimes lowercase) a bottle for wine holding 20 quarts (18.9 liters).
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Examples from the Web for nebuchadnezzar

Historical Examples

  • The Bishop admitted it, as in the case of Nebuchadnezzar's image.

    The Works of Whittier, Volume VI (of VII)

    John Greenleaf Whittier

  • It is said that, in Basque, "you spell Solomon, and pronounce it Nebuchadnezzar."

    A Short History of Spain

    Mary Platt Parmele

  • Nebuchadnezzar himself does not enumerate Sin among the chief gods.

  • "It's just like hearing about Nebuchadnezzar," she remarked.

    Virgin Soil

    Ivan S. Turgenev

  • Here Nebuchadnezzar boasted of the glories of his city, and was punished for his pride.


British Dictionary definitions for nebuchadnezzar

Nebuchadnezzar1

noun
  1. a wine bottle, used esp for display, holding the equivalent of twenty normal bottles (approximately 520 ounces)
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Word Origin

C20: named after Nebuchadnezzar ², from the custom of naming large wine bottles after Old Testament figures; compare jeroboam

Nebuchadnezzar2

Nebuchadrezzar (ˌnɛbjʊkədˈrɛzə)

noun
  1. Old Testament a king of Babylon, 605–562 bc, who conquered and destroyed Jerusalem and exiled the Jews to Babylon (II Kings 24–25)
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Word Origin and History for nebuchadnezzar

Nebuchadnezzar

king of Babylon (604-562 B.C.E.), from Hebrew Nebhukhadhnetztzar, from Babylonian Nabu-kudurri-usur, probably literally "Nebo, protect the boundary."

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