[ bab-uhl; Russian bah-byil ]
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  1. I·saak Em·ma·nu·i·lo·vich [ahy-zuhk; Russian ee-sahkyi-muh-noo-yee-luh-vyich], /ˈaɪ zək; Russian iˈsɑk yɪ mə nuˈyi lə vyɪtʃ/, 1894–1941, Russian author.

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[ bey-buhl, bab-uhl ]

  1. (in the Bible) an ancient city in the land of Shinar in which the building of a tower (Tower of Babel ) intended to reach heaven was begun and the confusion of the language of the people took place.

  2. (usually lowercase) a confused mixture of sounds or voices.

  1. (usually lowercase) a scene of noise and confusion.

Origin of Babel

First recorded in 1300–50; from Latin, from Hebrew Bābhel “Babylon,” from Akkadian bāb-ilim “the gate of the god”

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  • Ba·bel·ic [bey-bel-ik, ba-], /beɪˈbɛl ɪk, bæ-/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

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British Dictionary definitions for Babel (1 of 2)


/ (ˈbeɪbəl) /

  1. Old Testament

    • Also called: Tower of Babel a tower presumptuously intended to reach from earth to heaven, the building of which was frustrated when Jehovah confused the language of the builders (Genesis 11:1–9)

    • the city, probably Babylon, in which this tower was supposedly built

  2. (often not capital)

    • a confusion of noises or voices

    • a scene of noise and confusion

Origin of Babel

from Hebrew Bābhél, from Akkadian Bāb-ilu, literally: gate of God

British Dictionary definitions for Babel (2 of 2)


/ (Russian ˈbabɪl) /

  1. Issak Emmanuilovich (iˈsak imənuˈiləvitʃ) 1894–1941, Russian short-story writer, whose works include Stories from Odessa (1924) and Red Cavalry (1926)

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