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ˈbæb ə lən, -ˌlɒnBaby·lon

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Babylonnoun

    the chief city of ancient Mesopotamia and capital of the ancient kingdom of Babylonia


  1. Babylonnoun

    Capital of Babylonia in the 2nd and 1st century BC.

    Etymology: From Babylon, from Βαβυλών, from bāb ili ‘Gate of God’, translation of Sumerian Ka-dingir; the name of the ancient Chaldean capital and Biblical city of the Apocalypse.

  2. Babylonnoun

    Any city of great wealth, luxury and vice.

    Etymology: From Babylon, from Βαβυλών, from bāb ili ‘Gate of God’, translation of Sumerian Ka-dingir; the name of the ancient Chaldean capital and Biblical city of the Apocalypse.

  3. Babylonnoun

    Term for the so-called white man's civilization.

    Etymology: From Babylon, from Βαβυλών, from bāb ili ‘Gate of God’, translation of Sumerian Ka-dingir; the name of the ancient Chaldean capital and Biblical city of the Apocalypse.


  1. Babylon

    Babylon was the capital city of Babylonia, a kingdom in ancient Mesopotamia, between the 18th and 6th centuries BC. It was built along the left and right banks of the Euphrates river with steep embankments to contain the river's seasonal floods. Babylon was originally a small Akkadian town dating from the period of the Akkadian Empire c. 2300 BC. The town became part of a small independent city-state with the rise of the First Babylonian dynasty in the 19th century BC. The Amorite king Hammurabi created a short-lived empire in the 18th century BC. He built Babylon into a major city and declared himself its king. Southern Mesopotamia became known as Babylonia and Babylon eclipsed Nippur as its holy city. The empire waned under Hammurabi's son Samsu-iluna and Babylon spent long periods under Assyrian, Kassite and Elamite domination. After being destroyed and then rebuilt by the Assyrians, Babylon became the capital of the short-lived Neo-Babylonian Empire from 609 to 539 BC. The Hanging Gardens of Babylon were one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. After the fall of the Neo-Babylonian Empire, the city came under the rule of the Achaemenid, Seleucid, Parthian, Roman, and Sassanid empires. It has been estimated that Babylon was the largest city in the world c. 1770 – c. 1670 BC, and again c. 612 – c. 320 BC. It was perhaps the first city to reach a population above 200,000. Estimates for the maximum extent of its area range from 890 to 900 hectares (2,200 acres).The remains of the city are in present-day Hillah, Babil Governorate, Iraq, about 85 kilometres (53 mi) south of Baghdad, comprising a large tell of broken mud-brick buildings and debris. The main sources of information about Babylon—excavation of the site itself, references in cuneiform texts found elsewhere in Mesopotamia, references in the Bible, descriptions in classical writing (especially by Herodotus), and second-hand descriptions (citing the work of Ctesias and Berossus)—present an incomplete and sometimes contradictory picture of the ancient city, even at its peak in the sixth century BC.


  1. Babylon

    Babylon was an Akkadian city-state of ancient Mesopotamia, the remains of which are found in present-day Hillah, Babylon Province, Iraq, about 85 kilometres south of Baghdad. All that remains of the original ancient famed city of Babylon today is a large mound, or 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. Available historical resources suggest that Babylon was at first a small town which had sprung up by the beginning of the 3rd millennium BC. The town flourished and attained independence with the rise of the First Amorite Babylonian Dynasty in 1894 BC. Claiming to be the successor of the ancient city of Eridu, Babylon eclipsed Nippur as the "holy city" of Mesopotamia around the time an Amorite king named Hammurabi first created the short lived Babylonian Empire; this quickly dissolved upon his death and Babylon spent long periods under Assyrian, Kassite and Elamite domination. Babylon again became the seat of the Neo-Babylonian Empire from 608 to 539 BC which was founded by Chaldeans and whose last king was an Assyrian. The Hanging Gardens of Babylon were one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. After the fall of Babylon it came under the rules of the Achaemenid, Seleucid, Parthian, Roman and Sassanid empires.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Babylon

    the capital city of Babylonia, one of the richest and most magnificent cities of the East, the gigantic walls and hanging gardens of which were classed among the seven wonders of the world; was taken, according to tradition, by Cyrus in 538 B.C., by diverting out of their channel the waters of the Euphrates, which flowed through it and by Darius in 519 B.C., through the self-sacrifice of Zophyrus. The name was often metaphorically applied to Rome by the early Christians, and is to-day to great centres of population, such as London, where the overcrowding, the accumulation of material wealth, and the so-called refinements of civilisation, are conceived to have a corrupting effect on the religion and morals of the inhabitants.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. babylon

    One of the oldest and most celebrated cities in the world, the ancient capital of the Babylonio-Chaldean empire, was situated in an extensive plain on the Euphrates, about 60 miles south of Bagdad. The modern town of Hillah is supposed to occupy a portion of its site. About 588 B.C., Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, captured Jerusalem, burned the great temple of Solomon, and carried away the Jews as captives to Babylon. Cyrus besieged Babylon, took it by stratagem in 538, and put to death the king Belshazzar, after which the kingdom of Babylon ceased to exist. The city was occupied by Darius in 518, and taken by Alexander the Great in 331. Alexander having selected it as the capital of his empire, died there in 323 B.C.

Rap Dictionary

  1. babylonnoun

    Ancient city; the Hanging Gardens of Babylon are consided one of the seven wonders of the world. "Is America like ancient Babylon?" -- DJ Vadim featuring Phi-Life Cypher (Ghetto Rebels)

  2. babylonnoun

    "Babylon" in Jamaican English is more or less equivalent to the American expession "The Man". "Babylon" has a broad context in Rastafarian and Jamaican thought, that includes all parts of the current political and economic system that are corrupt and intent on fostering inequity and inequality. See: "Babylon System", by Bob Marley on the Survival Album. So in theory, if a Jamaican cop is bent on doing right by the people, he could theoretically not be "Babylon", but a kid who is wearing his trust fund dreadlocks, tooling around town listening to Busta Rhymes, but will be working in Advertising in six years, could be considered a latent "Babylonian". "And we can not let Babylon continue to play games with us" -- Haiku D'etat (Los Dangerous)

  3. babylonnoun

    "Babylons" can refer to a woman's breasts. Coined by Ali G. "Plus you will get to see me Julie's babylons" -- Ali G Indahouse

  4. babylonnoun

    Biblical reference; The Babylonian Captivity of the Jewish people (586 to 538 BC) in the Old Testament and the Psalms. This era of exile and slavery has stuck with the Judeo-Christian mentality, and the prophesized end of the captivity has become a source of hope for all people of faith who are ‘lost’. Hundreds of years after the Babylonian Empire, The Roman Empire captured Asia-Minor. The early Christians saw Rome as a new ‘Babylon’; Rome was to play the part of the “Whore Of Babylon” in the prophesized apocalypse of the Book Of Revelation. The Rastafari movement, which rose in 1930s Jamaica, is based on a pan-African, Garveyite interpretation of Jewish Scripture and the Ethiopian Church. The Rastafarians parallel African slavery with the Egyptian and Babylonian captivities of the Jews. They see the ‘white capitalist power structure’ that has enslaved the African people as ‘Babylon’, and the fall of these oppressors is a large part of Rastafarian prophecy. This symbolic use of ‘Babylon’ can be heard in Rastafari inspired Reggae music and Hip Hop, particularly conscious or "real" rap. By the rivers of Babylon, Where he sat down, And there he wept When he remembered Zion. (A reference to Psalm 137:1 from the Melodian’s song Rivers Of Babylon.)

Editors Contribution

  1. Babylon


    Tower of Babylon

    Submitted by anonymous on March 19, 2020  
  2. Babylon

    Sexual immorality leads to pregnancy then can lead to abortion, lon referring to penis as loin, in which the baby came from. The baby is murdered and then the man uses his penis to give pleasure to a woman. Hence Babylon. So the penis is where baby comes from and the penis is where and how man gives pleasure to woman women. Blasphemy against what is sacred to God Lord Jesus Christ, marriage, chasity, sex for married or truly in love bonds, children, families.

    Submitted by poweryoga4ever on October 12, 2019  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Babylon in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Babylon in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of Babylon in a Sentence


    God can rewrite your story. Yes of course, in case you don't know. God can rewrite your story from being miserable to being enviable and from the worst to the best. As a matter of fact, he (God) rewrote the story of Jabez. And that's why, he changed his name and enlarged his coast too, scripture reference (1st Chronicles 4:10). Moreover, he (God) equally rewrote the story of Joseph. Now, that's why he made him (Joseph) a prime minister/general overseer in a foreign country (Egypt) to be specific, scripture reference (Genesis 41 : 41-45). As well, he (God) rewrote the story of Esther. And that's why she (Esther) surprisingly became a queen in a foreign nation (Babylon) to be precise, scripture reference (Esther 2:17). Besides, God rewrote the story of David. And that's why, he (God) transformed him (David) from being an ordinary shepherd to being the most celebrated king of Israel, scripture reference (1st Samuel 16 : 1-13). Now, the above instances truly signify that, God can surely and­ ­effortlessly rewrite your own story, no matter how bad or miserable it seems to you. Listen up, all you've got to do is just to trust in him (God) undoubtedly. And then, wait patiently on him to change your story or condition at his own time and not at your own time. ~Emeasoba George


    There is a movement in babylon to:- gangjagriculturalize- ras spiritual herb. I will tell you more about this term I coined to show what they will do to rasta and the herb in years to come. I am ras cardo who created reggae. I am-R.H.A.T.I.D- reggae highest authority truthfully informing the diaspora. This is prophecy. I have also told you about-R.A.S.P.E.C.T1.

  3. H. L. Mencken:

    New York: A third-rate Babylon.


    fire pon rome- the rastaman did sing this truth, and like so many he suffered the consequences in babylon. Babylonian catholicism tried to silence him, yet rome was destroyed by nero in an a.D. 64 fire.- the truth.

  5. J. Michael Straczynski:

    Babylon 5 is open for business.

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  • Antigua Babilonia
    Babilonia fue una antigua ciudad mesopotámica situada cerca de la actual aldea de al-Hilla, en Iraq. Excavada por una misión alemana a finales del siglo XIX y comienzos del XX, se reveló como la capital de un gran reino en la que destacaron reyes como Hammurabi o Nabucodonosor II. También es famosa por ser el lugar en donde murió Alejandro Magno 
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