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 (bĕth′əl, bĕth′ĕl′)
A town of ancient Palestine north of Jerusalem. It is now a major archaeological site.


1. A hallowed or holy place.
a. A chapel for seafarers.
b. Chiefly British A Nonconformist chapel, especially a Baptist or Methodist one.

[Hebrew bêt 'ēl, house of God : bayit, house; see byt in Semitic roots + 'ēl, God; see ʔl in Semitic roots.]
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1. (Placename) an ancient town in the West Bank, near Jerusalem: in the Old Testament, the place where the dream of Jacob occurred (Genesis 28:19)
2. (Christian Churches, other) a chapel of any of certain Nonconformist Christian sects
3. (Nautical Terms) a seamen's chapel
[C17: from Hebrew bēth 'Ēl house of God]
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(ˈbɛθ əl)

1. a sacred area or sanctuary. Gen. 28:19.
2. a church or hostel for sailors.
[1610–20; < Hebrew bēth 'ēl house of God]


(ˈbɛθ əl, -ɛl, ˌbɛθˈɛl)

a village in W Jordan, near Jerusalem; dream of Jacob. Gen. 28:19.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bethel - a house of worship (especially one for sailors)bethel - a house of worship (especially one for sailors)
house of God, house of prayer, house of worship, place of worship - any building where congregations gather for prayer
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