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[byoo-luh] /ˈbyu lə/
a name applied to the land of Israel or Jerusalem, possibly as denoting their future prosperity. Isa. 62:4.
Compare Hephzibah (def 2).
a female given name.
Origin of Beulah
< Hebrew bəʾūlāh literally, married woman Unabridged
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  • Anne reflected that if she had not bought the silk she could have paid for Beulah's supper.

    Mistress Anne Temple Bailey
  • She was singing "Beulah Land," but her tone was more subdued than usual.

    Cy Whittaker's Place Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Beulah calls over Ed, figgertively speakin', ropes him for a minnit.

  • Later, asked to sing, he offered the familiar "Beulah Land."

  • But, Maud's own sensitive feelings attributed more to Beulah than the sincere and simple-minded girl deserved.

    Wyandotte James Fenimore Cooper
  • "She was ordered to Doctor Beulah's room yesterday," said Cora.

  • Tell me, does my mother--does Beulah know who made this sash?

    Wyandotte James Fenimore Cooper
  • Nobody but Beulah ever looks at Uncle William's collection of oddities.

    Watch the Sky James H. Schmitz
British Dictionary definitions for Beulah


(Old Testament) the land of Israel (Isaiah 62:4)
Word Origin
Hebrew, literally: married woman
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Word Origin and History for Beulah

fem. proper name, from Hebrew be'ulah "married woman," fem. past participle of ba'al "he married" (see baal).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Beulah in the Bible

married, is used in Isa. 62:4 metaphorically as the name of Judea: "Thy land shall be married," i.e., favoured and blessed of the Lord.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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