[ bab-uh-loh-nee-uh n, -lohn-yuh n ]
/ ˌbæb əˈloʊ ni ən, -ˈloʊn yən /

adjective Also Babylonish.

of or relating to Babylon or Babylonia.
extremely luxurious.
wicked; sinful.


an inhabitant of ancient Babylonia.
the dialect of Akkadian spoken in Babylonia.Compare Akkadian(def 1).

Origin of Babylonian

First recorded in 1555–65; Babyloni(a) + -an

Related formspost-Bab·y·lo·ni·an, adjectivepre-Bab·y·lo·ni·an, adjectivepseu·do-Bab·y·lo·ni·an, adjective, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for babylonian


/ (ˌbæbɪˈləʊnɪən) /


an inhabitant of ancient Babylon or Babylonia
the extinct language of Babylonia, belonging to the E Semitic subfamily of the Afro-Asiatic family: a dialect of Akkadian


of, relating to, or characteristic of ancient Babylon or Babylonia, its people, or their language
decadent or depraved
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Word Origin and History for babylonian



1560s; see Babylon + -ian. From 1630s as an adjective. Earlier in the adjectival sense was Babylonical (1530s).

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