pl. Ba′alim or Ba′als
- among some ancient Semitic peoples, orig., any of a number of local fertility gods; later, a chief god
- a false god; idol
Origin of BaalLate Latin ; from Classical Hebrew (language) baal
nounpl. Ba·als or Ba·a·lim
- Any of various local fertility and nature gods of the ancient Semitic peoples considered to be false gods by the Hebrews.
- often baal A false god or idol.
Origin of BaalHebrew ba‘al, lord, Baal; see b&ayin;l in Semitic roots.
(countable and uncountable; plural Baalim or Baals)
- (mythology) The supreme male deity of the Phoenician and Canaanite pantheons; a Mediterranean fertility deity, worshipped as far back as 1400 BCE.
- (biblical, in the plural) The whole class of divinities to whom the name Baal was applied.
- (biblical) One of the fallen angels of Satan.
- (often lowercase) A false deity or idol.
- The name Baal occurs in the Old Testament and elsewhere with epithets attached, referring to the different aspects (real or pejorative) of his character: Baal-berith, Baal-zebub / Baal-zebul, etc.