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EtymologyEdit

From Latin Babel, from Hebrew בבל ‎(Babylon), from Akkadian 𒆍𒀭𒊏𒆠 ‎(bāb ili, gate of God), translation of Sumerian [script needed] ‎(KA.DINGIR); in Genesis associated with the idea of confusion.

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Babel

  1. The city and tower in the land of Shinar where the confusion of languages took place, according to the Bible.
    • Therefore is the name of it called Babel. - Gen. xi. 9.

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Babel ‎(plural Babels)

  1. A confused mixture of sounds and voices, especially in different languages. [from 16th c.]
    • 2007, Edwin Mullins, The Popes of Avignon, Blue Bridge 2008, p. 48:
      A babel of languages could be heard in the streets and the squares, mingling with the local Provençal.
  2. A place or scene of noise and confusion. [from 16th c.]
  3. A tall, looming structure. [from 16th c.]

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