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


the wife of Uriah and afterward of David: mother of Solomon. II Sam. 11, 12.
a female given name: from a Hebrew phrase meaning “daughter of the oath.” Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for bathsheba

Historical Examples of bathsheba

  • No one seemed to have concerned himself with what Bathsheba thought of it all.


    William J. Locke

  • That could not be quite so; she was not so happy as Bathsheba; she was not sure, but her right was the same for all that.

    The Manxman

    Hall Caine

  • Beruna and Bathsheba received their mistress when she returned to her chamber.


    Benjamin Disraeli

  • Bathsheba Stoker was chained to the bedside of an invalid mother.

    The Guardian Angel

    Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

  • Bathsheba had been prayed for, and in due time startled and converted.

    The Guardian Angel

    Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

British Dictionary definitions for bathsheba



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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Word Origin and History for bathsheba


Biblical wife of King David, mother of Solomon, from Hebrew Bathshebha, literally "daughter of the oath," from bath "daughter."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

bathsheba in Culture



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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