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Babel

[bab-uh l; Russian bah-byil] /ˈbæb əl; Russian ˈbɑ byɪl/
noun
1.
Isaak Emmanuilovich
[ahy-zuh k;; Russian ee-sahk yi-muh-noo-yee-luh-vyich] /ˈaɪ zək;; Russian iˈsɑk yɪ mə nuˈyi lə vyɪtʃ/ (Show IPA),
1894–1941, Russian author.
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British Dictionary definitions for ie babel

Babel1

/ˈbeɪbəl/
noun
1.
(Old Testament)
  1. Also called Tower of Babel. a tower presumptuously intended to reach from earth to heaven, the building of which was frustrated when Jehovah confused the language of the builders (Genesis 11:1–9)
  2. the city, probably Babylon, in which this tower was supposedly built
2.
(often not capital)
  1. a confusion of noises or voices
  2. a scene of noise and confusion
Word Origin
from Hebrew Bābhél, from Akkadian Bāb-ilu, literally: gate of God

Babel2

/Russian ˈbabɪl/
noun
1.
Issak Emmanuilovich (iˈsak imənuˈiləvitʃ) 1894–1941, Russian short-story writer, whose works include Stories from Odessa(1924) and Red Cavalry (1926)
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Word Origin and History for ie babel

Babel

capital of Babylon, late 14c., from Hebrew Babhel (Gen. xi), from Akkadian bab-ilu "Gate of God" (from bab "gate" + ilu "god"). The name is a translation of Sumerian Ka-dingir. Meaning "confused medley of sounds" (1520s) is from the biblical story of the Tower of Babel.

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