Definitions

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

  • A town in the West Bank south of Jerusalem. It is the traditional birthplace of Jesus. Population: 29,000.
  • A city of eastern Pennsylvania on the Lehigh River north-northwest of Philadelphia. It is an important steel-producing center. Population: 72,700.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A city in Palestine, believed to be the birthplace of Jesus.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A hospital for lunatics; -- corrupted into bedlam.
  • n. In the Ethiopic church, a small building attached to a church edifice, in which the bread for the eucharist is made.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See bedlam.

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

  • n. a small town near Jerusalem on the West Bank of the Jordan River; early home of David and regarded as the place where Jesus was born
  • n. a town in eastern Pennsylvania on the Lehigh River to the northwest of Philadelphia; an important center for steel production

Etymologies

From the Ancient Greek Βηθλεέμ (Bēthleem) from the Hebrew בית לחם (bet léchem). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • THE YWCA OF BETHLEHEM will hold a discussion on global food supply 11: 30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at Kirkland Village, Madison Avenue, Bethlehem.

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  • BETHLEHEM - A one-car accident on Feura Bush Road late Friday sent several people to the hospital, according to Bethlehem police.

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  • NORTHWEST BETHLEHEM LV BASEBALL -- Northwest Youth Athletic Association of Bethlehem evaluations for 2010 LV Baseball League ages 10U, 12U, 14U teams, 9 a. m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, at LV Baseball Academy  … players must live in city of Bethlehem  … contact prospective manager to reserve spot at tryouts  … info 10U Bill Bertolotti, e-mail

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  • BETHLEHEM, West Bank (JTA) -- Silver-haired Fatah Party members in dark, pinstriped suits draped with kaffiyeh scarves bearing the colors of the Palestinian flag greeted each other with kisses as they converged in Bethlehem for the movement's first congress in 20 years.

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  • BETHLEHEM - A judge agreed to let a former Bethlehem resident enter an accelerated rehabilitation program Tuesday after the man had been charged with making threatening comments about a 4-year-old girl.

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  • BETHLEHEM, West Bank, Aug. 5 (UPI) -- The divisions that fragment Palestinians and threaten hopes for an Israeli-Palestinian peace process were on full display at the Fatah Party convention currently being held in Manger Square, Bethlehem.

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  • A NIGHT IN BETHLEHEM: Travel to ancient Bethlehem in hands-on adventure.

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  • BETHLEHEM, occupied West Bank (IPS) - In her office at the Bethlehem women's counseling center, Khawla al-Azraq recounts her memories from Israeli prison as vividly as if they were yesterday: the routine physical and psychological abuse, the nightly room […]

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  • A FAMILY NIGHT IN BETHLEHEM: Journey through streets of Bethlehem.

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  • Venite, venite in Bethlehem is an exhortation to come to Bethlehem, and he explains that Bethlehem was a common Jacobean code word for England.

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