bethel

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

  2. a church or hostel for sailors.

Origin of bethel

1
First recorded in 1610–20, bethel is from Hebrew bēth 'ēl “house of God”

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Other definitions for Bethel (2 of 2)

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

noun
  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.

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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

Bethel

/ (ˈbɛθəl) /


noun
  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

1
C17: from Hebrew bēth 'Ēl house of God

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