[ gol-guh-thuh ]
/ ˈgɒl gə θə /


a hill near Jerusalem where Jesus was crucified; Calvary.
a place of suffering or sacrifice.
a place of burial.

Also gol·go·tha (for defs 2, 3).

Origin of Golgotha

1585–95; < Latin (Vulgate) < Greek golgothá < Aramaic gulgaltā, akin to Hebrew gulgōleth skull

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British Dictionary definitions for golgotha


/ (ˈɡɒlɡəθə) /


another name for Calvary
(sometimes not capital) rare a place of burial

Word Origin for Golgotha

C17: from Late Latin, from Greek, from Aramaic, based on Hebrew gulgōleth skull

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Word Origin and History for golgotha


hill near Jerusalem, via Latin and Greek, from Aramaic gulgulta, literally "(place of the) skull," cognate with Hebrew gulgoleth "skull." So called in reference to its shape (see Calvary).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture definitions for golgotha


[ (gol-guh-thuh, gol-goth-uh) ]

The ancient name for Calvary.

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