[ bath-shee-buh, bath-shuh- ]

  1. the wife of Uriah and afterward of David: mother of Solomon. 2 Samuel 11, 12.

  2. a female given name: from a Hebrew phrase meaning “daughter of the oath.”

Words Nearby Bathsheba Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use Bathsheba in a sentence

  • All this while he was perplexing himself about an errand on which he might consistently visit the cottage of Bathsheba's aunt.

  • Bathsheba looked thoughtfully into the distance, away from the direction in which Gabriel stood.

  • At this criticism of her statement Bathsheba made an addition to her dignity by a slight sweep away from him.

  • "—It was quite a mistake—aunt's telling you I had a young man already," Bathsheba went on.

  • By making inquiries he found that the girl's name was Bathsheba Everdene, and that the cow would go dry in about seven days.

British Dictionary definitions for Bathsheba


/ (bæθˈʃiːbə, ˈbæθʃɪbə) /

  1. Old Testament the wife of Uriah, who committed adultery with David and later married him and became the mother of his son Solomon (II Samuel 11–12)

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Cultural definitions for Bathsheba


[ (bath-shee-buh) ]

A beautiful woman who attracted King David. To marry her, he sent her husband Uriah to his death in battle. Solomon was her second son by David.

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