Definitions for babelˈbæb əl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

Ba•belˈbeɪ bəl, ˈbæb əl(n.)

  1. an ancient city in Shinar where people began building a tower

    Category: Bible

    Ref: ( Tower of Babel )

  2. (usu. l.c.) a confused mixture of sounds or voices.

  3. (usu. l.c.) a scene of noise and confusion.

Origin of Babel:

< Heb Bābhel Babylon

Ba•bel′ic-ˈbɛl ɪk(adj.)

Ba•belˈbæb əl(n.)

  1. Isaak Emmanuilovich, 1894–1941, Russian author.

    Category: Biography

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Tower of Babel, Babel(noun)

    (Genesis 11:1-11) a tower built by Noah's descendants (probably in Babylon) who intended it to reach up to heaven; God foiled them by confusing their language so they could no longer understand one another

  2. babel(noun)

    a confusion of voices and other sounds


  1. Babel(Noun)

    A confused mixture of sounds and voices, especially in different languages.

  2. Babel(Noun)

    A place or scene of noise and confusion.

  3. Babel(Noun)

    A tall, looming structure.

  4. Babel(ProperNoun)

    The city and tower in the land of Shinar where the confusion of languages took place, according to the Bible.

  5. Origin: From Babel, from בבל, from ; in Genesis associated with the idea of confusion.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Babel(noun)

    the city and tower in the land of Shinar, where the confusion of languages took place

  2. Babel(noun)

    hence: A place or scene of noise and confusion; a confused mixture of sounds, as of voices or languages


  1. Babylon

    Babylon was originally a small Semitic Akkadian speaking city dating from the period of the Akkadian Empire c. 2300 BC. Originally a minor administrative center, it became part of an independent city-state in 1894 BC in the hands of a migrant Amorite dynasty not native to ancient Mesopotamia. However it was not until the early 18th century BC that a ruler of this state was recorded as King of Babylon. The Amorites aside, the Babylonians were more often ruled by other foreign migrant dynasties throughout their history, such as by the Kassites, Arameans, Elamites and Chaldeans, as well as by their fellow Mesopotamians, the Assyrians. The remains of the city are in present-day Hillah, Babil Governorate, Iraq, about 85 kilometres south of Baghdad, comprising a large tell of broken mud-brick buildings and debris in the fertile Mesopotamian plain between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. The city itself was built upon the Euphrates, and divided in equal parts along its left and right banks, with steep embankments to contain the river's seasonal floods.


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