Bethlehem

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

Proper noun[edit]

Bethlehem

  1. A city in Palestine, believed to be the birthplace of Jesus.
    1611, King James Version of the Bible (Authorized Version)[1] 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

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Noun[edit]

Bethlehem (plural Bethlehems)

  1. (obsolete) A lunatic asylum.
  2. (architecture) In the Ethiopic church, a small building attached to a church edifice, in which the bread for the Eucharist is made.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Audsley to this entry?)

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Latin[edit]

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Proper noun[edit]

Bēthlehem n (indeclinable)

  1. Alternative form of Bēthlehēmum.

References[edit]

  • Bēthlĕhem in Charlton T. Lewis & Charles Short, A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1879