[ben-gawl, -gahl, beng-; ben-guh l, beng-]


a former province in NE India, now divided between India and Bangladesh.Compare East Bengal, West Bengal.
Bay of, a part of the Indian Ocean between India and Burma (Myanmar).
a raw silk from Bengal.
a fabric, especially one made of silk and hair.
a fabric, similar to muslin, with printed stripes. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of bengal

Historical Examples of bengal

  • At Shabkadr a charge of the 13th Bengal Lancers was more than successful.

  • The result was a battle royal that might have put to shame two Bengal tigers.

    The Monster Men

    Edgar Rice Burroughs

  • I sprinkled on more powder, and up blazed the Bengal fire again.

    It Happened in Egypt

    C. N. Williamson

  • Hockheimer glared like a Bengal tiger about to spring upon its prey.

    Vivian Grey

    Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli

  • "As to that, Bengal is more come-at-able than the Great Bear," said he, laughing.


    Charles James Lever

British Dictionary definitions for bengal



a former province of NE India, in the great deltas of the Ganges and Brahmaputra Rivers: in 1947 divided into West Bengal (belonging to India) and East Bengal (Bangladesh)
Bay of Bengal a wide arm of the Indian Ocean, between India and Myanmar
a breed of medium-large cat with a spotted or marbled coat
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Word Origin and History for bengal


region in South Asia, named for its people, said to be from Banga, name of a founding chief. It is attested in Europe as far back as Marco Polo (1298), who wrote of Bangala.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper