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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.


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.



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

ben (not comparable)

  1. (Scotland, Northern England) Inside.

ben (comparative benner, superlative benmost)

  1. Inner, interior.

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”)


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”).


ben (uncountable)

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

Etymology 5

Borrowed from Scots ben, benn, from Scottish Gaelic beinn


ben (plural bens)

  1. A Scottish or Irish mountain or high peak.

Etymology 6

UK C16. Probably from Latin bene or Italian bene.


ben (comparative benar, superlative benat)

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

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