ben

1
[ben]Scot.
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adverb, preposition
  1. within; inside.
adjective
  1. inside; inner.

Origin of ben

1
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)

ben

2
[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.

Origin of ben

2
First recorded in 1550–60, ben is from the Arabic word bān

ben

3
[ben]
noun Scot., Irish.
  1. a mountain peak; high hill: Ben Nevis.

Origin of ben

3
1780–90; < Scots Gaelic, Irish beann peak

ben

4
[ben]
noun (often initial capital letter)
  1. son of (used especially in Hebrew and Arabic names): Moses ben Maimon.

Ben

[ben]
noun
  1. a male given name, form of Benjamin.
Can be confusedbean been Ben bin
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Historical Examples of ben

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

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    Horatio Alger

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

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    Horatio Alger

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

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

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

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British Dictionary definitions for ben

ben

1
noun
  1. an inner room in a house or cottage
preposition, adverb
  1. in; within; inside; into the inner part (of a house)
adjective
  1. inner
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Word Origin for ben

Old English binnan, from be- + innan inside

ben

2
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

Word Origin for ben

C15: from Arabic bān

ben

3
noun
  1. Scot and Irish a mountain peak (esp in place names)Ben Lomond

Word Origin for ben

C18: from Gaelic beinn, from beann
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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."

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