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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for belshazzar

Historical Examples of belshazzar

  • The summer was devoted to the composition of Belshazzar, for which Jennens had supplied the libretto.


    Edward J. Dent

  • The abominations of the banquets of Belshazzar and Cleopatra were re-enacted there.


    Thophile Gautier

  • In that night was Belshazzar the king of the Chaldeans slain.

  • It is the same Hand that wrote on the wall the sentence of Belshazzar.

    Broken Bread

    Thomas Champness

  • There was held Belshazzar's feast, and was seen the writing on the wall.

British Dictionary definitions for belshazzar



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


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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper