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Definitions and meaning of ben

ben

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /bɛn/
  • Rhymes: -ɛn

Etymology 1

From Middle English ben, bene, from Old English bēn (prayer, request, favor, compulsory service), from Proto-Germanic *bōniz (supplication), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰeh₂- (to say). Related to ban. More at boon.

Alternative forms

  • bene

Noun

ben (plural bens)

  1. (obsolete) A prayer; a petition.

Etymology 2

From Middle English ben, bene, variation of bin, binne (within), from Old English binnan (within, in, inside of, into), equivalent to be- +‎ in.

Preposition

ben

  1. (Scotland, Northern England) In, into.
    • 2008, James Kelman, Kieron Smith, Boy, Penguin 2009, page 32:
      And he was waving to me to creep in, so I just did and then just to skip ben the front and then in the lobby.

Adverb

ben (not comparable)

  1. (Scotland, Northern England) Inside.

Adjective

ben (comparative benner, superlative benmost)

  1. Inner, interior.
Derived terms
  • ben-end, ben-room

Noun

ben (plural bens)

  1. (Scotland, Northern England) Ben-room: The inner room of a two-room hut or shack (as opposed to the but).
Derived terms
  • but and ben
References
  • The Dictionary of the Scots Language

Etymology 3

From Middle English been, from Old French and Medieval Latin, probably from a North African pronunciation of Arabic بَان(bān, ben tree)

Noun

ben (plural bens)

  1. A tree, Moringa oleifera or horseradish tree of Arabia and India, which produces oil of ben.
  2. The winged seed of the ben tree.
  3. The oil of the ben seed.
Synonyms
  • (tree): drumstick tree, horseradish tree, moringa
Derived terms
  • ben-nut
Translations

Etymology 4

From Arabic بِن(bin) and Hebrew בן(ben, son).

Alternative forms

  • Ben
  • bin (Arabic)

Noun

ben (uncountable)

  1. (usually capitalised) Son of (used with Hebrew and Arabic surnames).
Translations

Etymology 5

Borrowed from Scots ben, benn, from Scottish Gaelic beinn

Noun

ben (plural bens)

  1. A Scottish or Irish mountain or high peak.
Derived terms
  • Ben Lomond

Etymology 6

UK C16. Probably from Latin bene or Italian bene.

Adjective

ben (comparative benar, superlative benat)

  1. (obsolete, Britain, thieves' cant) Alternative spelling of bene; good.

Etymology 7

Shortening.

Noun

ben (plural bens)

  1. (Britain, theater, slang, obsolete) A benefit (performance to raise funds).
    • year?, The Catholic Literary Circular (page 75)
      In the Chronicles of the Stage, some curious particulars are given relating to Sir Henry Herbert and the well-known Sir William Davidson, by which we learn, amongst other things, that a “ben” or benefit at Drury Lane, two centuries ago, was worth a hundred pounds.
References
  • 1873, John Camden Hotten, The Slang Dictionary

Anagrams

  • EbN, NEB, NbE, Neb., neb

Amele

Adjective

ben

  1. big

Noun

ben

  1. a big thing

References

  • Pavol Štekauer, Salvador Valera, Lívia Kőrtvélyessy, Word-Formation in the World's Languages: A Typological Survey (2012)

Berbice Creole Dutch

Noun

ben

  1. bean

References

  • Silvia Kouwenberg, Berbice Dutch Glossed Texts (2013)

Catalan

Pronunciation

  • (Balearic, Central, Valencian) IPA(key): /ˈben/
  • Rhymes: -en

Adverb

ben

  1. Alternative form of

Usage notes

The form ben is used when it precedes the adjective, adverb or verb form that it modifies, and is used in all other cases.


Cimbrian

Alternative forms

  • bénne (Sette Comuni)

Etymology

From Middle High German wenne, wanne, from Old High German hwenne, hwanne, from Proto-West Germanic *hwannā, from *hwan, from Proto-Germanic *hwan (when). Cognate with German wenn, wann, English when. Doublet of benn (adverb), from the same Middle High German source.

Conjunction

ben

  1. (Luserna) when

References

  • “ben” in Cimbrian, Ladin, Mòcheno: Getting to know 3 peoples. 2015. Servizio minoranze linguistiche locali della Provincia autonoma di Trento, Trento, Italy.

Corsican

Etymology

From (well).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈbɛn/

Noun

ben m

  1. deceased

Adverb

ben

  1. Alternative form of

References

  • https://infcor.adecec.net/

Danish

Etymology

From Old Norse bein (bone, leg), from Proto-Germanic *bainą, cognate with English bone, German Bein.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /beːˀn/, [ˈb̥eˀn]

Noun

ben n (singular definite benet, plural indefinite ben)

  1. leg (a lib of a human or an animal used for walking; also, by analogy, the legs of a desk or a chair)
    Synonym: pusselanke (childish, joking)
  2. bone (any part of the skeleton)
  3. sinecure (a position that requires little to no work but still gives an ample payment; a cushy job.)

Inflection

References

  • “ben” in Den Danske Ordbog

Domari

Etymology

From Sauraseni Prakrit 𑀩𑀳𑀺𑀡𑀻 (bahiṇī), from Sanskrit भगिनी (bhaginī). Cognate with Hindi बहन (bahan).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ben̪/, /bɛn̪/

Noun

ben f

  1. sister

References

  • Matras, Yaron (2012) A Grammar of Domari (Mouton Grammar Library)‎[3], Walter de Gruyter, →ISBN, page 65

Dutch

Pronunciation

  • Rhymes: -ɛn
  • IPA(key): /bɛn/

Etymology 1

From Middle Dutch bim, from Proto-Germanic *beuną

Verb

ben

  1. first-person singular present indicative of zijn
  2. (dialectal) imperative of zijn

Usage notes

Ben, as an imperative, is considered non-standard, the standard form being wees.

Synonyms

  • (imperative) wees

Descendants

  • Skepi Creole Dutch: ben

References

  • Taaladvies.net on ‘wees’ or ‘ben’

Faroese

Etymology

From Old Norse ben, from Proto-Germanic *banjō.

Noun

ben n (genitive singular bens, plural ben)

  1. wound

Declension

Noun

ben f (genitive singular benjar, plural benjar)

  1. wound

Declension


Derived terms

  • benjardøgg
  • benjarkolvur

French

Etymology 1

Alternative form of bien

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /bɛ̃/
  • Rhymes: -ɛ̃

Interjection

ben

  1. Abbreviation of eh bien. Well; uh

Derived terms

  • ben voyons

Etymology 2

Clipping of bénard

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /bɛn/

Noun

ben m (plural bens)

  1. (slang) pants

Further reading

  • “ben” in Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).

Friulian

Etymology

From Latin bene.

Adverb

ben

  1. well
  2. properly, nicely

Antonyms

  • mâl

Noun

ben

  1. good

Related terms

  • bon

Galician

Etymology

From Old Galician and Old Portuguese ben, from Latin bene.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈbɛŋ/

Noun

ben m (plural bens)

  1. benefit; welfare
    Synonym: beneficio
  2. (in the plural) goods
  3. good (the forces that are the enemy of evil)
    Antonym: mal

Related terms

  • bo

Adverb

ben

  1. well
    Antonym: mal
  2. very; a lot; enough
    • 1473, A. López Ferreiro (ed.), Galicia Histórica. Colección diplomática. Santiago: Tipografía Galaica, page 29:
      cando se ganou dos mouros a grande batalla da figeira en donde tamen perdin e me mataron o cabalo e eu sahin ben librado enpero ben ferido de hua saetada enno braço dereito que non a vin curada fasta pasados ben tres meses
      when the great Battle of the Figtree was won to the Moors, where I also lost —and they killed— my horse and I got out safe but badly injured of an arrow shot in the right arm, wound that I saw not cured until more than three months later
  3. plus, or more, upwards
    • c. 1295, R. Lorenzo (ed.), La traducción gallega de la Crónica General y de la Crónica de Castilla. Ourense: I.E.O.P.F., page 174:
      Et durou a guerra dessa uez ontre elles bem dous ãnos, fazendosse todauia muyto mal os hũus aos outros, de guisa que, ante que sse aquella contenda fijnse, morrerõ y muytos
      And the war between them lasted that time for two years plus, making in every way a lot of harm the ones to the others, in wise that, before that conflict had ended, many died there

Derived terms

  • ben de (many, a lot)

Related terms

  • bo

References

  • “ben” in Dicionario de Dicionarios do galego medieval, SLI - ILGA 2006-2012.
  • “ben” in Dicionario de Dicionarios da lingua galega, SLI - ILGA 2006-2013.
  • “ben” in Álvarez, Rosario (coord.): Tesouro do léxico patrimonial galego e portugués, Santiago de Compostela: Instituto da Lingua Galega.

Interlingua

Etymology

Borrowed from Italian bene, French bien, Spanish bien and Portuguese bem.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ben/

Adverb

ben (comparative melio, superlative le melio)

  1. well

Derived terms

  • ben que

Istriot

Etymology

From Latin bene.

Adverb

ben

  1. well

Italian

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈbɛn/

Adverb

ben

  1. Apocopic form of bene

Derived terms

  • ben altro

Japanese

Romanization

ben

  1. Rōmaji transcription of べん

Kabuverdianu

Etymology

From Portuguese vir and Spanish venir .

Verb

ben

  1. to come

Ladin

Etymology

From Latin bene.

Adverb

ben (comparative miec)

  1. well
  2. properly

Noun

ben m (plural bens)

  1. (especially in the plural) goods, property

Lombard

Etymology

Akin to Italian bene, from Latin.

Adverb

ben

  1. well

Mandarin

Romanization

ben

  1. Nonstandard spelling of bēn.
  2. Nonstandard spelling of běn.
  3. Nonstandard spelling of bèn.

Usage notes

  • English transcriptions of Mandarin speech often fail to distinguish between the critical tonal differences employed in the Mandarin language, using words such as this one without the appropriate indication of tone.

Manx

Etymology

From Old Irish ben, from Proto-Celtic *benā, from Proto-Indo-European *gʷḗn.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /bɛᵈn/

Noun

ben f (genitive singular mreih, plural mraane)

  1. woman

Mutation

References

  • Gregory Toner, Maire Ní Mhaonaigh, Sharon Arbuthnot, Dagmar Wodtko, Maire-Luise Theuerkauf, editors (2019) , “1 ben”, in eDIL: Electronic Dictionary of the Irish Language

Middle English

Verb

ben

  1. Alternative form of been

References

  • bēn” listed in the Middle English Dictionary [2001]

Northern Kurdish

Pronunciation

  • Rhymes: -ɛn

Noun

ben ?

  1. string, rope

Derived terms

  • benik
  • benk

Related terms

  • bend
  • benî

Norwegian Bokmål

Etymology

From Old Norse bein, from Proto-Germanic *bainą.

Noun

ben n (definite singular benet, indefinite plural ben, definite plural bena or benene)

  1. a leg
  2. a bone

Alternative forms

  • bein

Derived terms

  • haleben
  • menneskeben

References

  • “ben” in The Bokmål Dictionary.

Occitan

Etymology

From Old Occitan ben, from Latin bene.

Pronunciation

Adverb

ben

  1. well

Derived terms

  • benlèu

Noun

ben m (plural bens)

  1. good, possession

Old Dutch

Etymology

From Proto-Germanic *bainą.

Noun

bēn n

  1. leg
  2. bone

Inflection

Descendants

  • Middle Dutch: bêen
    • Dutch: been
      • Afrikaans: been
      • Berbice Creole Dutch: been
      • Negerhollands: been
    • Limburgish: bein

Further reading

  • “bēn”, in Oudnederlands Woordenboek, 2012

Old English

Etymology 1

From Proto-Germanic *bōniz. Cognate with Old Norse bón.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /beːn/

Noun

bēn f (nominative plural bēne or bēna)

  1. prayer, praying
  2. request, entreaty
Declension
Descendants
  • Middle English: ben, bene
    • English: ben, bene
      • English: bee
    • Scots: been-hook, been-plough

Etymology 2

From Proto-Germanic *banjō. Cognate with Old Norse ben.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ben/

Noun

ben f

  1. Alternative form of benn

Old French

Adverb

ben

  1. (Anglo-Norman) Alternative form of bien

Old Frisian

Etymology

From Proto-West Germanic *bain, from Proto-Germanic *bainą. Cognates include Old English bān, Old Saxon bēn and Old Dutch bēn.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈbeːn/, [ˈbɛːn]

Noun

bēn n

  1. bone
  2. leg

Descendants

  • North Frisian:
    Föhr-Amrum: bian
    Goesharde: biin
    Halligen: bian
    Heligoland: Bean
    Mooring: biinj
    Sylt: Biin
    Wiedingharde: biin
  • Saterland Frisian: Been
  • West Frisian: bien

References

  • Bremmer, Rolf H. (2009) An Introduction to Old Frisian: History, Grammar, Reader, Glossary, Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company, →ISBN

Old Irish

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /bʲen/

Etymology 1

From Proto-Celtic *benā, from Proto-Indo-European *gʷḗn.

Noun

ben f (genitive mná, nominative plural mná)

  1. woman
    Synonyms: banscál, , frac
  2. wife
    • c. 800, Würzburg Glosses on the Pauline Epistles, published in Thesaurus Palaeohibernicus (reprinted 1987, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies), edited and with translations by Whitley Stokes and John Strachan, vol. I, pp. 499–712, Wb. 22c10
    Synonym: séitig
Inflection
Derived terms
  • ban-
Descendants
  • Middle Irish: ben
    • Irish: bean
    • Manx: ben
    • Scottish Gaelic: bean
  • Middle Irish: benagán

Etymology 2

See the etymology of the main entry.

Verb

·ben

  1. third-person singular present indicative conjunct of benaid

Verb

ben

  1. second-person singular imperative of benaid

Mutation

Further reading

  • Gregory Toner, Maire Ní Mhaonaigh, Sharon Arbuthnot, Dagmar Wodtko, Maire-Luise Theuerkauf, editors (2019) , “1 ben”, in eDIL: Electronic Dictionary of the Irish Language
  • Gregory Toner, Maire Ní Mhaonaigh, Sharon Arbuthnot, Dagmar Wodtko, Maire-Luise Theuerkauf, editors (2019) , “benaid”, in eDIL: Electronic Dictionary of the Irish Language

Old Norse

Etymology

From Proto-Germanic *banjō.

Noun

ben f (genitive benjar, plural benjar)

  1. mortal wound
  2. small bleeding wound

ben n

  1. wound

Declension

Related terms

  • bani m (bane)
  • benja (to wound mortally)

References

  • ben in Geir T. Zoëga (1910) A Concise Dictionary of Old Icelandic, Oxford: Clarendon Press

Old Occitan

Etymology

From Latin bene.

Adjective

ben

  1. well

Descendants

  • Catalan: , ben
  • Occitan: ben

References

  • von Wartburg, Walther (1928–2002) , “bene”, in Französisches Etymologisches Wörterbuch (in German), volume 10, page 322

Old Saxon

Etymology

From Proto-West Germanic *bain.

Noun

bēn n

  1. bone

Descendants

  • Middle Low German: bên
    • Low German: Been, Bein
    • Plautdietsch: Been

Old Swedish

Etymology

From Old Norse bein, from Proto-Germanic *bainą.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /beːn/

Noun

bēn n

  1. bone
  2. leg

Declension

Descendants

  • Swedish: ben

Scots

Etymology 1

From Old English binnan.

Noun

ben (plural bens)

  1. The inner room of a two-room hut or shack (as opposed to the but).

Adjective

ben (comparative benner, superlative benmaist)

  1. Inner, interior.

Preposition

ben

  1. Through, in, into (a dwelling).
    A gaed ben the chaumer.

Etymology 2

Borrowed from Scottish Gaelic beinn.

Noun

ben (plural bens)

  1. mountain, hill

Serbo-Croatian

Etymology

Borrowed from Ottoman Turkish بڭ(beñ), ultimately from Proto-Turkic *beŋ (mole on the face).

Noun

ben m (Cyrillic spelling бен)

  1. (regional) birthmark
  2. (regional) mole
  3. (regional) naevus

Synonyms

  • madež

Sranan Tongo

Etymology

From English been.

Particle

ben

  1. Verbal marker for the past tense.

Usage notes

This marker can be combined with the markers sa or o for the future tense and e for the progressive aspect, in which case the order, if all are used, is that of ben sa/o e. Some examples:

  • mi ben waka: “I had walked”.
  • mi ben e waka: “I was walking”.
  • mi ben sa waka: “I would walk”.
  • mi ben sa e waka: “I would have been walking”.

Derived terms

  • bo

Swedish

Etymology

From Old Swedish bēn, from Old Norse bein, from Proto-Germanic *bainą.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈbeːn/

Noun

ben n

  1. (anatomy) leg; a body part
  2. leg; part of trousers which covers the legs
  3. the part of a piece furniture on which it stands
  4. (anatomy) bone; any of the components of an endoskeleton
  5. (anatomy) bone; the material of the endoskeleton

Declension

Related terms

References

  • ben in Svenska Akademiens ordlista (SAOL)

Turkish

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /bɛn/, /bæn/
  • Hyphenation: ben

Etymology 1

From Ottoman Turkish بن(ben, I), from Proto-Turkic *ben (I).

Cognate with Old Turkic 𐰢𐰤(mn² /men/), 𐰋𐰤(b²n² /ben/, I), Karakhanid مَنْ(men, I), Azerbaijani mən, Bashkir мин (min), Chuvash эпӗ (ep̬ĕ), Kazakh мен (men), Kyrgyz мен (men), Turkmen men.

Possibly related to Mongolian би (bi, I), Manchu ᠪᡳ (bi, I).

Pronoun

ben

  1. I
Usage notes
  • It is one of the two words that have irregular dative case declension. (The other word is "sen").
  • It is one of the two words that have irregular genitive case declension. (The other word is "biz").
Declension
See also

Noun

ben (definite accusative beni, plural biz)

  1. (psychology) ego
Derived terms
Related terms

Etymology 2

From Ottoman Turkish بڭ(beŋ, mole), from Proto-Turkic *beŋ (mole on the face).

Cognate with Bashkir миң (miñ), Kyrgyz мең (meñ), Kazakh мең (meñ) Turkmen meň, Yakut мэҥ (meŋ). Also compare Mongolian мэнгэ (menge, mole, birthmark).

Noun

ben (definite accusative beni, plural benler)

  1. birthmark, mole
Declension
Derived terms
  • benli
  • bensiz
Related terms
  • benek
See also
  • leke
  • yama

References


Venetian

Etymology

From Latin bene.

Adverb

ben

  1. well

Derived terms

  • benon

Related terms

  • bon

Vietnamese

Etymology

From French benne.

Pronunciation

  • (Hà Nội) IPA(key): [ʔɓɛn˧˧]
  • (Huế) IPA(key): [ʔɓɛŋ˧˧]
  • (Hồ Chí Minh City) IPA(key): [ʔɓɛŋ˧˧]

Noun

(classifier xe) ben

  1. dump truck

See also


Volapük

Etymology

Borrowed from Latin bene.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): [ben]

Noun

ben (nominative plural bens)

  1. (sense of) well-being, welfare, being well, wellness

Declension

Derived terms

Related terms


Welsh

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /bɛn/

Noun

ben

  1. Soft mutation of pen.

Mutation


Source: wiktionary.org
  • (Gaelic) a mountain.
    (source: Collins Scrabble Dictionary)