Origin of benjamin
Definition for benjamin (2 of 2)
Examples from the Web for benjamin
Like Bush 41 and Shamir, Bill Clinton and Benjamin Netanyahu were not exactly soul mates.The Inside Story of U.S. Meddling in Israel’s Elections|Aaron David Miller|December 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Benjamin Franklin warned against making any hasty conclusions on such “a point of great importance.”
Anderson pleaded with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to ban clothing made from animal fur.
I think Abraham Lincoln: A Biography by Benjamin P. Thomas, which was published 60 years ago, is magical.
Meanwhile, Benjamin says, the Board watched, applauded the parents, and barred the headmaster from responding.Lawsuit Claims Author Nicholas Sparks Is a Racist, Anti-Semitic Bully|Melissa Leon|October 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
"Benjamin, come hither," began Mr. Franklin, in his customary solemn and weighty tone.Biographical Stories|Nathaniel Hawthorne
Mr. Lewis' brother Benjamin was a more severe slave master than the one who owned me.The Story of Mattie J. Jackson|L. S. Thompson
My dear father's faithful old clerk, Benjamin, attended the wedding to "give me away," as the phrase is.The Law and the Lady|Wilkie Collins
So well hidden indeed that it required a genius like Benjamin Sully to find out where it was.Peter Cotterell's Treasure|Rupert Sargent Holland
Father Benjamin put his mouth very close to Franz's ear and shouted, "Do you still think you have chosen well?"Rescue Dog of the High Pass|James Arthur Kjelgaard
British Dictionary definitions for benjamin (1 of 3)
Word Origin for benjamin
British Dictionary definitions for benjamin (2 of 3)
- the youngest and best-loved son of Jacob and Rachel (Genesis 35:16–18; 42:4)
- the tribe descended from this patriarch
- the territory of this tribe, northwest of the Dead Sea
British Dictionary definitions for benjamin (3 of 3)
Word Origin and History for benjamin
masc. proper name, in Old Testament, Jacob's youngest son (Gen. xxxv:18), from Hebrew Binyamin, literally "son of the south," though interpreted in Genesis as "son of the right hand," from ben "son of" + yamin "right hand," also "south" (in an East-oriented culture). Cf. Arabic cognate yaman "right hand, right side, south;" yamana "he was happy," literally "he turned to the right." The right was regarded as auspicious (see left and dexterity). Also see Yemen, southpaw, and cf. deasil "rightwise, turned toward the right," from Gaelic deiseil "toward the south; toward the right," from deas "right, right-hand; south." Also cf. Sanskrit dakshina "right; south." Slang meaning "money" (by 1999) is from portrait of Benjamin Franklin on U.S. $100 bill.