Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

Etymologies

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

[Hebrew ba‘al, lord, Baal; see bעl in Semitic roots.]

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From the Hebrew בעל (ba‘al, "lord, master, owner"), from Proto-Semitic *baʿl- (“lord, master, owner”).

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