bethel

noun
beth·el | \ˈbe-thəl \

Definition of bethel 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a hallowed spot

2a : a chapel for Nonconformists

b : a place of worship for seamen

Bethel

geographical name
Beth·el | \ˈbe-thəl, be-ˈthel\

Definition of Bethel (Entry 2 of 2)

1 city of ancient Palestine north of Jerusalem

Note: The present-day West Bank town on the site of Bethel is called Bay*tīn \ˌbā-ˈtēn \ .

2 town in southeastern New York notable as the site of the Woodstock music festival in 1969 population 4255

First Known Use of bethel

Noun

circa 1617, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for bethel

Noun

Hebrew bēth'ēl house of God

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