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ben

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[ ben ]
/ bɛn /
Scot.
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noun
the inner or back room of a two-room cottage, especially when used as a combined parlor and bedroom.
adverb, preposition
within; inside.
adjective
inside; inner.
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Origin of ben

1
First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English (Scots); as adverb, an unexplained variant of late Middle English bin, Middle English binne, Old English binnan “within” (cognate with Old Frisian binna, Middle Dutch, German binnen ), equivalent to bi- “near, around” + innan “within”; see origin at be-, in

Other definitions for ben (2 of 5)

ben2
[ ben ]
/ bɛn /

noun
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; from Arabic bān, the name of the tree

Other definitions for ben (3 of 5)

ben3
[ ben ]
/ bɛn /

noun Scot., Irish.
a mountain peak; high hill: Ben Nevis.

Origin of ben

3
First recorded in 1780–90; from Scots Gaelic, Irish beann “peak”

Other definitions for ben (4 of 5)

ben4
[ ben ]
/ bɛn /

son of (used especially in Hebrew and Arabic names): Moses ben Maimon.
Also Ben .

Origin of ben

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From Hebrew bēn, Arabic bin “son”

Other definitions for ben (5 of 5)

Ben
[ ben ]
/ bɛn /

noun
a male given name, form of Benjamin.

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH Ben

bean, been, Ben , bin
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British Dictionary definitions for ben (1 of 3)

ben1
/ (bɛn) Scot /

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

Old English binnan, from be- + innan inside

British Dictionary definitions for ben (2 of 3)

ben2
/ (bɛn) /

noun
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
the seed of such a tree

Word Origin for ben

C15: from Arabic bān

British Dictionary definitions for ben (3 of 3)

ben3
/ (bɛn) /

noun
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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