Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A prayer, especially to God; a petition; a boon.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. See benne.
  • n. A prayer; boon.
  • n. A hoglike mammal of New Guinea (Porcula papuensis).

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • See bein.
  • n. See ben.
  • n. See benne.
  • n. An element of some words of Latin origin, meaning well, good, as in benediction, benefit, benevolence, etc.: opposed to male-, mal-.

Etymologies

From Middle English bene, from Old English bēn ("prayer, request, petition, favour, compulsory service"), from Proto-Germanic *bōniz (“supplication”), from Proto-Indo-European *bhā- (“to say, speak”). Cognate with Danish bøn ("prayer"), Swedish bön ("prayer"), Icelandic bæn ("prayer"), Icelandic bón ("request"). Related to ban. See also boon, bee. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • _trattoria_, where a gentleman had spoken _tanto bene, tanto bene_ against religion and the Pope and the priests; there were a few

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  • One possibility is that it comes from the Middle English word bene, which means “a prayer” or “a favor” and is related to the more familiar word boon.

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  • Maturity for fi xed income secu - rities is managed such that suf fi cient liquidity exists to meet near-term bene fi t payment obligations.

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  • Le foto proibite di una signora per bene, which is available on DVD from Blue Underground as THE FORBIDDEN PHOTOS OF A LADY ABOVE SUSPICION, is only a passable giallo but it is one of the genre's greatest soundtrack albums.

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  • "Fortunately," as Dana describes it, "I got through without any word from the officer; and heard the 'well done' of the mate, when the yard reached the deck, with as much satisfaction as I ever felt at Cambridge on seeing a 'bene' at the foot of a Latin exercise."

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  • N.B. An abbreviation for the Latin phrase nota bene, meaning “note well.

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  • Cambridge on seeing a 'bene' at the foot of a Latin exercise.

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  • These were his words, but, without his voice, they can convey no idea of the great burst of emotion with which he pronounced the "bene," or of the sobbing diminuendo with which he repeated the "assai."

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  • Fortunately, I got through without any word from the officer, and heard the "well done" of the mate, when the yard reached the deck, with as much satisfaction as I ever felt at Cambridge on seeing a "bene" at the foot of a Latin exercise.

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  • I got through without any word from the officer, and heard the "well done" of the mate, when the yard reached the deck, with as much satisfaction as I ever felt at Cambridge on seeing a "bene" at the foot of a Latin exercise.

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