[bab-uh-loh-nee-uh n, -lohn-yuh n]
  1. an inhabitant of ancient Babylonia.
  2. 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. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for babylonians


  1. an inhabitant of ancient Babylon or Babylonia
  2. the extinct language of Babylonia, belonging to the E Semitic subfamily of the Afro-Asiatic family: a dialect of Akkadian
  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of ancient Babylon or Babylonia, its people, or their language
  2. decadent or depraved
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Word Origin and History for babylonians



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

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