Etymology
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Salem

place mentioned in Genesis xiv.18, from Hebrew Shālēm, usually said to be another name for Jerusalem and to mean "peace" (compare Hebrew shalom, Arabic salaam). A typical meetinghouse name among Baptists and Methodists, so much so that by mid-19c. it (along with Bethel and Ebenezer) had come to be used in Britain generically to mean "non-conformist chapel."

updated on November 21, 2021

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Definitions of Salem from WordNet

Salem (n.)
capital of the state of Oregon in the northwestern part of the state on the Willamette River;
Synonyms: capital of Oregon
Salem (n.)
a city in northeastern Massachusetts; site of the witchcraft trials in 1692;
Salem (n.)
a city in southern India;
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