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.
clamor, din, racket, confused noise, tumult, uproar, hubbub;
babble, babbling, shouting, yelling, screaming
1.1A scene of noisy confusion.
- 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.
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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