Definition of bedlam noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈbedləm//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbedləm//
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a scene full of noise and confusion synonym chaos It was bedlam at our house on the morning of the wedding. Word Originlate Middle English: early form of Bethlehem, referring to the hospital of St Mary of Bethlehem in London, used as an asylum for the insane.
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