Definition of babel in English:

babel

Syllabification: ba·bel
Pronunciation: /ˈbabəl, ˈbā-
 
/

noun

[in singular]
  • 1A confused noise, typically that made by a number of voices: the babel of voices on the road
    More example sentences
    • Out of the babel of writers' voices offering their services, one dominated, that of Peter Nichols.
    • With what a babel of discordant voices does it [medicine] celebrate its two thousand years of experience!
    • With songs in Spanish, English, Mayan, and Zapotec, it reflects the babel of voices that is our ever-expanding border region.
    Synonyms
    clamor, din, racket, confused noise, tumult, uproar, hubbub; babble, babbling, shouting, yelling, screaming
    informal hullabaloo
  • 1.1A scene of noisy confusion.
    More example sentences
    • Each of them a million cities, a babel of troubles, secrets, losses.
    • Even though Europe is a babel, while the United States is all one nation, under God and indivisible, for some reason - at least as far as our male golfers and basketball heroes are concerned - we don't play very well together.

Origin

early 16th century: from Babel (see Tower of Babel), where, according to the biblical story in Gen. 11:4–9, God made the builders all speak different languages.

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