[ beth-uh l ]
/ ˈbɛθ əl /


a sacred area or sanctuary. Gen. 28:19.
a church or hostel for sailors.

Origin of bethel

First recorded in 1610–20, bethel is from the Hebrew word bēth 'ēl house of God

Definition for bethel (2 of 2)

[ beth-uh l; for 1 also beth-el, beth-el ]
/ ˈbɛθ əl; for 1 also ˈbɛθ ɛl, ˌbɛθˈɛl /


a village in W Jordan, near Jerusalem; occupied by Israel since 1967: site of Jacob's dream. Gen. 28:19.
a town in SW Connecticut. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for bethel

/ (ˈbɛθəl) /


an ancient town in the West Bank, near Jerusalem: in the Old Testament, the place where the dream of Jacob occurred (Genesis 28:19)
a chapel of any of certain Nonconformist Christian sects
a seamen's chapel

Word Origin for Bethel

C17: from Hebrew bēth 'Ēl house of God
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