noun Ba·bel \ˈbā-bəl, ˈba-\

Definition of Babel

  1. 1 :  a city in Shinar where the building of a tower is held in Genesis to have been halted by the confusion of tongues

  2. 2 or babel a :  a confusion of sounds or voicesb :  a scene of noise or confusion

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Origin and Etymology of babel

Middle English, from Hebrew Bābhel, from Akkadian bāb-ilu gate of god

First Known Use: 14th century

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capable of being understood in two ways

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