Share this entry

Share this page

Tower of Babel

Syllabification: Tow·er of Ba·bel
Pronunciation: /ˈbabəl, ˈbā-
 
/

Definition of Tower of Babel in English:

(In the Bible) a tower built in an attempt to reach heaven, which God frustrated by confusing the languages of its builders so that they could not understand one another (Genesis 11:1-9).

Origin

Babel from Hebrew Bāḇel 'Babylon', from Akkadian bāb ili 'gate of god'.

Definition of Tower of Babel in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day terpsichorean
Pronunciation: ˌtəːpsɪkəˈriːən
adjective
relating to dancing