Belshazzar

[ bel-shaz-er ]
/ bɛlˈʃæz ər /
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noun

a prince of Babylon, son of Nabonidus and co-regent with him, referred to in the Bible as a king of Babylon and son of Nebuchadnezzar. Dan. 5.

Origin of Belshazzar

< Hebrew Belshaṣṣar < Akkadian Bēl-shar-uṣur may Bel guard the king

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Belshazzar

/ (bɛlˈʃæzə) /

noun

6th century bc, the son of Nabonidus, coregent of Babylon with his father for eight years: referred to as king and son of Nebuchadnezzar in the Old Testament (Daniel 5:1, 17; 8:1); described as having received a divine message of doom written on a wall at a banquet (Belshazzar's Feast)
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Word Origin and History for belshazzar

Belshazzar

last Chaldean king of Babylon (Dan. v), from Hebrew Belshatztzar, a contraction of Akkadian Bel-shar-usur, literally "Bel-protect-the-king" (see Bel).

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