[ beth-uhl ]
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  1. a sacred area or sanctuary. Genesis 28:19.

  2. a church or hostel for sailors.

Origin of bethel

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

Words Nearby bethel

Other definitions for Bethel (2 of 2)

[ beth-uhl; for 1 also beth-el, beth-el ]

  1. a village in western Jordan, near Jerusalem; occupied by Israel since 1967: site of Jacob's dream. Genesis 28:19.

  2. a town in southwestern Connecticut. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use bethel in a sentence

  • "I don't ask about the election; I heard all that at the railway station," returned Otway bethel, impatiently.

    East Lynne | Mrs. Henry Wood
  • And so you took a bribe to conceal one of the foulest crimes that man ever committed, Mr. Otway bethel!

    East Lynne | Mrs. Henry Wood
  • Otway bethel came in for a side shaft or two from his lordship; Richard Hare for sympathy.

    East Lynne | Mrs. Henry Wood
  • And the actress was a Christian, godly, if not according to the godliness of Little bethel.

  • The speaker was Otway bethel, who was on the opposite side of the street; the spoken to, the gentleman with the jewellery.

    East Lynne | Mrs. Henry Wood

British Dictionary definitions for Bethel


/ (ˈbɛθəl) /

  1. an ancient town in the West Bank, near Jerusalem: in the Old Testament, the place where the dream of Jacob occurred (Genesis 28:19)

  2. a chapel of any of certain Nonconformist Christian sects

  1. a seamen's chapel

Origin of Bethel

C17: from Hebrew bēth 'Ēl house of God

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