from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The inner room or parlor of a house with two rooms.
- adv. Inside; within.
- prep. Within.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A prayer; a petition.
- prep. In, into.
- adj. Inner, interior.
- n. Ben-room: The inner room of a two-room hut or shack (as opposed to the but).
- n. A tree, Moringa oleifera or horseradish tree of Arabia and India, which produces oil of ben.
- n. The winged seed of the ben tree.
- n. The oil of the ben seed.
- n. Son of (used with Hebrew and Arabic surnames).
- n. A Scottish or Irish mountain or high peak.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- The seed of one or more species of moringa. See moringa.
- adv. Within; in; in or into the interior; toward the inner apartment.
- n. The inner or principal room in a hut or house of two rooms; -- opposed to
but, the outer apartment.
- An old form of the pl. indic. pr. of be.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In, into, or toward the inner apartment of a house; in or into the parlor. See ben, n.
- n. The inner apartment of a house; the parlor or “room” of a dwelling consisting of a but or outer room, used as a kitchen, and a ben or inner room, used as a parlor or chamber, access to the ben being originally through the but or kitchen.
- n. A prayer; a petition.
- n. Obsolete or dialectal form of been.
- n. A mountain-peak: a word occurring chiefly in the names of many of the highest summits of the mountain-ranges which traverse Scotland north of the friths of Clyde and Forth: as, Ben Nevis, Ben Mac-Dhui, Ben Lawers, etc.
- n. The ben-nut, properly the ben-nut tree.
- n. See behen.
- In mining, inward; toward the workings.
- n. In mining: The right to enter the mine and work. A workman may claim his ben, have his right to ears acknowledged, and delegate it to his boys.
- n. Hence— A day's work. The terms quarter-ben, half-ben, three-quarters-ben are used to denote the proportion of a man's darg, or day's output of mineral, which a youth is able or allowed to put out.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a mountain or tall hill
Middle English, variant of binne, within, from Old English binnan; see en in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English ben, bene, from Old English bēn ("prayer, request, favor, compulsory service"), from Proto-Germanic *bōniz (“supplication”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰā- (“to say”). Related to ban. More at boon. (Wiktionary)
From Middle English ben, bene, variation of bin, binne ("within"), from Old English binnan ("within, in, inside of, into"), equivalent to be- + in. (Wiktionary)
Probably representing a North African pronunciation of Arabic بان (bān, "ben tree") (Wiktionary)
Arabic بن and Hebrew בן (ben, "son"). (Wiktionary)
From Scottish Gaelic beinn (Wiktionary)