[ beth-li-hem, -lee-uhm ]

  1. a town in NW Jordan, near Jerusalem; occupied by Israel since 1967: birthplace of Jesus and David.

  2. a city in E Pennsylvania.

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British Dictionary definitions for Bethlehem


/ (ˈbɛθlɪˌhɛm, -lɪəm) /

  1. a town in the West Bank, near Jerusalem: birthplace of Jesus and early home of King David

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Cultural definitions for Bethlehem


The village near Jerusalem (see also Jerusalem) where Jesus was born. (See Nativity.)

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