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Definition ben

Etymology 1

From Middle English ben, bene, from Old English bēn (“prayer, request, favor, compulsory service”), from Proto-Germanic *bōniz (“supplication”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰeh₂- (“to say”). Related to ban. More at boon.

Noun

ben (plural bens)

  1. (obsolete) A prayer; a petition.

Etymology 2

From Middle English ben, bene, variation of bin, binne (“within”), from Old English binnan (“within, in, inside of, into”), equivalent to be- +‎ in.

Preposition

ben

  1. (Scotland, Northern England) In, into.
Adverb

ben (not comparable)

  1. (Scotland, Northern England) Inside.
Adjective

ben (comparative benner, superlative benmost)

  1. Inner, interior.
Noun

ben (plural bens)

  1. (Scotland, Northern England) Ben-room: The inner room of a two-room hut or shack (as opposed to the but).

Etymology 3

Probably representing a North African pronunciation of Arabic بَان‎ (bān, “ben tree”)

Noun

ben (plural bens)

  1. A tree, Moringa oleifera or horseradish tree of Arabia and India, which produces oil of ben.
  2. The winged seed of the ben tree.
  3. The oil of the ben seed.

Etymology 4

From Arabic بِن‎ (bin) and Hebrew בן‎ (ben, “son”).

Noun

ben (uncountable)

  1. (usually capitalised) Son of (used with Hebrew and Arabic surnames).

Etymology 5

Borrowed from Scots ben, benn, from Scottish Gaelic beinn

Noun

ben (plural bens)

  1. A Scottish or Irish mountain or high peak.

Etymology 6

UK C16. Probably from Latin bene or Italian bene.

Adjective

ben (comparative benar, superlative benat)

  1. (obsolete, Britain, thieves' cant) Alternative spelling of bene; good.

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