Origin of benjamin
- the youngest son of Jacob and Rachel, and the brother of Joseph. Gen. 35:18.
- one of the 12 tribes of ancient Israel traditionally descended from him.
- Asher,1773–1845, U.S. architect and writer.
- Judah Philip,1811–84, Confederate statesman.
- a male given name: from a Hebrew word meaning “son of the right.”
Examples from the Web for benjamins
The Federal Reserve this week is rolling out new Benjamins as part of its continuing efforts to stay ahead of cheaters.All About the Benjamins: Here’s the Redesigned $100 Bill
October 7, 2013
But I want to see the school, and meet your pals, and get acquainted with the Benjamins.
The Benjamins joined them at this point, so conversation became general.
Two by two they marched dumbly behind the Benjamins and the Bryces.
The light broke upon the Benjamins, but they tried not to smile at each other.
It was the skirmishers of Hoods division that so nearly caught Benjamins guns.The Life of Isaac Ingalls Stevens, Volume II (of 2)
- hundred-dollar bills
- Old Testament
- 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
- archaic a youngest and favourite son
- Arthur . 1893–1960, Australian composer. In addition to Jamaican Rumba (1938), he wrote five operas and a harmonica concerto (1953)
- (German ˈbɛnɪamin) Walter (ˈvaltər). 1892–1940, German critic and cultural theorist
Word Origin and History for benjamins
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.