verb (used with object), be·named; be·named, be·nempt, or be·nempt·ed; be·nam·ing. Obsolete.

to name; call by name.

Origin of bename

before 1000; Middle English; see be-, name; replacing Old English benemnan; akin to German benennen, Swedish benämna Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for bename


verb -names, -naming, -named, -named or -nempt

an archaic word for name (def. 12)

Word Origin for bename

Old English benemnan; see be-, name
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