Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various local fertility and nature gods of the ancient Semitic peoples considered to be false gods by the Hebrews.
  • n. A false god or idol.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. the supreme male deity of the Phoenician and Canaanitish pantheons; a Mediterranean fertility deity, worshipped as far back as 1400 BCE
  • proper n. the whole class of divinities to whom the name Baal was applied.
  • proper n. one of the fallen angels of Satan.
  • proper n. a false deity or idol.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The supreme male divinity of the Phoenician and Canaanitish nations.
  • n. The whole class of divinities to whom the name Baal was applied.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The name of a Semitic solar deity worshiped, especially by the Phenicians and their descendants the Carthaginians, with much license and sensuality.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any of numerous local fertility and nature deities worshipped by ancient Semitic peoples; the Hebrews considered Baal a false god

Etymologies

Hebrew ba'al, lord, Baal; see bʿl in Semitic roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the Hebrew בעל (ba‘al, "lord, master, owner"), from Proto-Semitic *baʿl- (“lord, master, owner”). (Wiktionary)

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