Bethlehem Definition

bĕthlĭ-hĕm, -lē-əm
proper name
Ancient town in Judea; traditionally regarded as the birthplace of Jesus (Matt. 2:1): now a town in the West Bank.
Webster's New World
pronoun

A city in Palestine, believed to be the birthplace of Jesus.

1611, King James Version of the Bible (Authorized Version) Matthew 2:1 Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem.
Wiktionary
noun

(architecture) In the Ethiopic church, a small building attached to a church edifice, in which the bread for the Eucharist is made.

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Synonyms:
  • Bethlehem-Judah
  • Bethlehem Ephrathah
  • Bayt Lahm
other
A town in the West Bank south of Jerusalem. It is the traditional birthplace of Jesus.
American Heritage
A city of eastern Pennsylvania on the Lehigh River north-northwest of Philadelphia. It is an important steel-producing center and the site of Moravian College (established 1742) and Lehigh University (1865).
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Origin of Bethlehem

  • From the Ancient Greek Βηθλεέμ (Bēthleem) from the Hebrew בֵּית לֶחֶם (bet léchem).

    From Wiktionary

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