Homes on a hillside in Bethlehem, Isreal.Licensed from iStockPhoto
- ancient town in Judea; traditionally regarded as the birthplace of Jesus (Matt. 2:1): now a town in the West Bank: pop. 20,000: Ar. name Bayt Lahm or Beit Lahm
- city in E Pa.: steel-producing center: pop. 71,000
Origin: after Bethlehem, Judea
Origin: Late Latin (Vulg.) ; from Classical Greek Bēthleem ; from Classical Hebrew (language) bet-lechem, literally , house of bread
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- A town in the West Bank south of Jerusalem. It is the traditional birthplace of Jesus. Population: 29,000.
- A city of eastern Pennsylvania on the Lehigh River north-northwest of Philadelphia. It is an important steel-producing center. Population: 72,700.