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
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)