[beth-li-hem, -lee-uh m] Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for bethlehem

cradle, stable, Bethlehem

British Dictionary definitions for bethlehem


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


the name probably means "House of Lahmu and Lahamu," a pair of Mesopotamian agricultural deities.

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bethlehem in Culture


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

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