bethel

noun

beth·​el ˈbe-thəl How to pronounce bethel (audio)
1
: a hallowed spot
2
a
: a chapel for Nonconformists
b
: a place of worship for seamen

Word History

Etymology

Hebrew bēth'ēl house of God

First Known Use

circa 1617, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of bethel was circa 1617

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Cite this Entry

“Bethel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bethel. Accessed 25 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

bethel

noun
beth·​el ˈbeth-əl How to pronounce bethel (audio)
: a place of worship especially for sailors
Etymology

from Hebrew bēthʼēl "house of God"

Geographical Definition

Bethel

geographical name

Beth·​el ˈbe-thəl How to pronounce Bethel (audio)
be-ˈthel
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 How to pronounce Bethel (audio) \ .

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

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