Babylon

noun
Bab·​y·​lon | \ ˈba-bə-ˌlän How to pronounce Babylon (audio) , -lən \

Definition of Babylon

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a city devoted to materialism and sensual pleasure

Babylon

geographical name
Bab·​y·​lon | \ ˈba-bə-lən How to pronounce Babylon (audio) , -ˌlän \

Definition of Babylon (Entry 2 of 2)

ancient city and capital of Babylonia

Note: The site of Babylon is about 55 miles (89 kilometers) south of Baghdad near the Euphrates River.

see also babylonian

First Known Use of Babylon

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Babylon

Noun

Babylon, ancient city of Babylonia

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“Babylon.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Babylon. Accessed 17 January 2020.

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