a box or enclosed place for storing grain, coal, or the like.

verb (used with object), binned, bin·ning.

to store in a bin.

Nearby words

  1. bimonthly,
  2. bimorph,
  3. bimorphemic,
  4. bimotor,
  5. bimotored,
  6. bin laden,
  7. bin laden, osama,
  8. bin liner,
  9. bin-,
  10. binal

Origin of bin

before 950; Middle English binne, Old English binn(e) crib, perhaps < Celtic; compare Welsh benn cart

Related formsun·binned, adjective

Can be confusedbean been Ben bin


a combining form meaning “two,” “two at a time,” used in the formation of compound words: binary; binocular.
Compare bi-1.

Origin of bin-

combining form of Latin bīnī two each, by twos Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for bin

British Dictionary definitions for bin



a large container or enclosed space for storing something in bulk, such as coal, grain, or wool
Also called: bread bin a small container for bread
Also called: dustbin, rubbish bin a container for litter, rubbish, etc
  1. a storage place for bottled wine
  2. one particular bottling of wine

verb bins, binning or binned

(tr) to store in a bin
(tr) to put in a wastepaper bin

Word Origin for bin

Old English binne basket, probably of Celtic origin; related to bindan to bind



a variant, esp before a vowel, of bi- 1 binocular
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Word Origin and History for bin



"receptacle," Old English binne "basket, manger, crib," probably from Gaulish, from Old Celtic *benna, akin to Welsh benn "a cart," especially one with a woven wicker body. The same Celtic word seems to be preserved in Italian benna "dung cart," French benne "grape-gatherer's creel," Dutch benne "large basket," all from Late Latin benna "cart," Medieval Latin benna "basket." Some linguists think there was a Germanic form parallel to the Celtic one.

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Medicine definitions for bin



Variant ofbi-1

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