from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- The capital of ancient Babylonia in Mesopotamia on the Euphrates River. Established as capital c. 1750 B.C. and rebuilt in regal splendor by Nebuchadnezzar II after its destruction (c. 689 B.C.) by the Assyrians, Babylon was the site of the Hanging Gardens, one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
- n. A city or place of great luxury, sensuality, and often vice and corruption.
- n. A place of captivity or exile.
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- proper n. Capital of Babylonia in the 2nd and 1st century BC.
- proper n. Any city of great wealth, luxury and vice.
- proper n. Western civilization, seen as corrupt and materialistic, and contrasted with Zion.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the chief city of ancient Mesopotamia and capital of the ancient kingdom of Babylonia
From Latin Babylōn, from Ancient Greek Βαβυλών, from Akkadian bāb ili ‘Gate of God’, translation of Sumerian Ka-dingir; the name of the ancient Chaldean capital and Biblical city of the Apocalypse. (Wiktionary)