Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Chiefly British & Offensive A woman or girl.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A woman, a girl.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A Middle English and Anglo-Saxon contracted form of bindeth, the third person singular of bind.

Etymologies

Arabic, daughter; see bn in Semitic roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Arabic بِنْت (bínt, "girl, daughter"), used to denote a patronym. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Ellison is proud of his friends, who tend to be important people and in part because they are important people, which is so horrifying a sentiment that I would have wept had I been in my own house instead of 'bint's.

    Nick Mamatas' Journal

  • They were received by Major Craufurd as a stately omda, and by the second in command as a "bint" with head-dress, yasmak gown and beribboned pyjama trousers.

    The Fifth Battalion Highland Light Infantry in the War 1914-1918

  • McLoughlin first fell under the "spell of far Arabia" when he noticed his father using exotic words such as "bint," "shufti" and "yallah" - brought home from Egypt and the western desert in the second world war.

    The Guardian World News

  • Some bloggers are writing about the experience. bint battuta (Bahrain), who is undertaking the project of reading the Qur'an in Arabic during Ramadan, writes her first post on the experience:

    Global Voices in English » Global: Ramadan Mubarak

  • Qatar's Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser Al Missned a.k.a. Sheikha Mozah is on a State visit to the UK with her husband and even on-the-go she looks nothing short of amazing.

    Sheikha Mozah Brings Her Chic To England (PHOTOS)

  • Qatar's Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser Al Missned a.k.a. Sheikha Mozah is on a State visit to the UK with her husband and even on-the-go ...

    Sheikha Mozah Brings Her Chic To England (PHOTOS)

  • Following the prophet's footsteps, the second caliph Umar ibn al-Khattab entrusted Shifa' bint 'AbdAllah with the sensitive post of supervisor whose duties required ensuring that the busy market of Medina was free of corruption.

    Fahad Faruqui: The Rights Of Women In Saudi Arabia

  • A'isha bint Abi Bakr married the Prophet Muhammad when she was nine years old -- too young to consent even had she been asked, which she was not.

    Sherry Jones: From Child Bride to Warrior Woman: A'isha bint Abi Bakr

  • Prince Salman, believed to be 76, is one of the 19 surviving sons of Ibn Saud and is also one of the seven sons born to the former king's favorite wife, Hassa bint Ahmed al-Sudairi.

    Saudi King Names Prince Salman Defense Minister

  • Mr. Dolman will work on cultural initiatives and report to chairwoman Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, the daughter of the Qatari emir who collects Islamic and contemporary art.

    Christie's Chief Heads to Qatar

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  • A binturong.

    January 16, 2010

  • From the Wiktionary: "(British, pejorative) (also Digger slang) Woman, girl."

    July 20, 2009

  • cf. beasel

    July 20, 2009

  • Also derogatory-- "That stupid bint broke my phone," or "Get me my beer, you lazy bint."

    May have racist connotations, given its innocuous translation in the original Arabic but insulting meaning in English.

    June 26, 2009

  • Are they of the moistened variety?

    December 13, 2007

  • "So stop shouting. I'll give you one more drink, and then we visit your rooms in Olympia. All types of attractive bints in Olympia." - 'Lanark', Alasdair Gray.

    December 13, 2007