Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
- (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.