[ beth-uh l ]
/ ˈbɛθ əl /
a sacred area or sanctuary. Gen. 28:19.
a church or hostel for sailors.
Words nearby bethel
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.
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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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