[ bed-luhm ]
/ ˈbɛd ləm /


a scene or state of wild uproar and confusion.
Archaic. an insane asylum or madhouse.


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Origin of bedlam

a popular name for the Hospital of St. Mary of Bethlehem in London, which served as a lunatic asylum from circa 1400; compare Middle English Bedleem, Bethleem, Old English Betleem Bethlehem Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for bedlam

/ (ˈbɛdləm) /


a noisy confused place or situation; state of uproarhis speech caused bedlam
archaic a lunatic asylum; madhouse

Word Origin for bedlam

C13 bedlem, bethlem, after the Hospital of St Mary of Bethlehem in London
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