Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

ben1

[ben]Scot.
See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com
noun
  1. the inner or back room of a two-room cottage, especially when used as a combined parlor and bedroom.
Show More
adverb, preposition
  1. within; inside.
Show More
adjective
  1. inside; inner.
Show More

Origin of ben1

1400–50; late Middle English (Scots); as adv., unexplained variant of late Middle English bin, Middle English binne, Old English binnan (cognate with Old Frisian binna, Middle Dutch, German binnen), equivalent to bi- be- + innan within (cf. in)

ben2

[ben]
noun
  1. the seed of a tropical tree, Moringa pterygosperma, that yields an oil (ben oil) used in manufacturing cosmetics and lubricating delicate machinery.
Show More

Origin of ben2

First recorded in 1550–60, ben is from the Arabic word bān

ben3

[ben]
noun Scot., Irish.
  1. a mountain peak; high hill: Ben Nevis.
Show More

Origin of ben3

1780–90; < Scots Gaelic, Irish beann peak

ben4

[ben]
noun (often initial capital letter)
  1. son of (used especially in Hebrew and Arabic names): Moses ben Maimon.
Show More

Ben

[ben]
noun
  1. a male given name, form of Benjamin.
Show More
Can be confusedbean been Ben bin
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for ben

Contemporary Examples

Historical Examples

  • Just then Ben Haley, looking from the window, saw some chickens in the yard.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • Ben Haley meanwhile was rapidly stripping the chicken of its feathers.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • Ben had drawn off his boots, and was firing them one after the other at the door.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • "Nothing, only you locked the door by mistake," said Ben, coolly.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • That he had reason for his distrust was proved by Ben Haley's movements.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger


British Dictionary definitions for ben

ben1

noun
  1. an inner room in a house or cottage
Show More
preposition, adverb
  1. in; within; inside; into the inner part (of a house)
Show More
adjective
  1. inner
Show More
Compare but 2

Word Origin

Old English binnan, from be- + innan inside

ben2

noun
  1. any of several Asiatic trees of the genus Moringa, esp M. oleifera of Arabia and India, whose seeds yield oil of ben, used in manufacturing perfumes and cosmetics, lubricating delicate machinery, etc: family Moringaceae
  2. the seed of such a tree
Show More

Word Origin

C15: from Arabic bān

ben3

noun
  1. Scot and Irish a mountain peak (esp in place names)Ben Lomond
Show More

Word Origin

C18: from Gaelic beinn, from beann
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for ben

n.

"mountain peak" in Celtic place names (especially of roughly pyramidal peaks standing alone), from Gaelic beinn, from Old Irish *benno- "peak, horn, conical point," from PIE root *bend- "projecting point."

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper