baal

noun, often capitalized
\ ˈbā(-ə)l How to pronounce baal (audio) , ˈbäl \
plural baals or baalim\ ˈbā-​(ə-​)ləm How to pronounce baalim (audio) , ˈbā-​ə-​ˌlim \

Definition of baal

: any of numerous Canaanite and Phoenician local deities

Other Words from baal

baalism \ ˈbā-​(ə-​)ˌli-​zəm How to pronounce baalism (audio) \ noun, often capitalized

First Known Use of baal

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for baal

Hebrew baʽal lord

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about baal

Time Traveler for baal

Time Traveler

The first known use of baal was in the 14th century

See more words from the same century

Statistics for baal

Cite this Entry

“Baal.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/baalism?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=b&file=baal0003. Accessed 29 January 2020.

More from Merriam-Webster on baal

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with baal

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about baal

Comments on baal

What made you want to look up baal? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to assert without proof or before proving

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

January 2020 Words of the Day Quiz

  • image1642096650
  • Which is a synonym of bonhomie?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!