ben

ben

1 [ben] Scot.
noun
1.
the inner or back room of a two-room cottage, especially when used as a combined parlor and bedroom.
adverb, preposition
2.
within; inside.
adjective
3.
inside; inner.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English (Scots); as adv., unexplained variant of late Middle English bin, Middle English binne, Old English binnan (cognate with Old Frisian binna, Middle Dutch, German binnen), equivalent to bi- be- + innan within (cf. in)

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ben

2 [ben]
noun
the seed of a tropical tree, Moringa pterygosperma, that yields an oil (ben oil) used in manufacturing cosmetics and lubricating delicate machinery.


Origin:
1550–60; < Arabic bān

ben

3 [ben]
noun Scot., Irish.
a mountain peak; high hill: Ben Nevis.

Origin:
1780–90; < Scots Gaelic, Irish beann peak

ben

4 [ben]
noun (often initial capital letter)
son of (used especially in hebrew and Arabic names): Moses ben Maimon.

Ben

[ben]
noun
a male given name, form of Benjamin.
bean, been, Ben, bin.
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ben1 (bɛn)
 
n
1.  an inner room in a house or cottage
 
prep, —adv
2.  in; within; inside; into the inner part (of a house)
 
adj
3.  inner
 
[Old English binnan, from be- + innan inside]

ben2 (bɛn)
 
n
1.  any of several Asiatic trees of the genus Moringa, esp M. oleifera of Arabia and India, whose seeds yield oil of ben, used in manufacturing perfumes and cosmetics, lubricating delicate machinery, etc: family Moringaceae
2.  the seed of such a tree
 
[C15: from Arabic bān]

ben3 (bɛn)
 
n
(Scot), (Irish) a mountain peak (esp in place names): Ben Lomond
 
[C18: from Gaelic beinn, from beann]

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ben
"mountain peak" in Celtic place names (esp. of roughly pyramidal peaks standing alone), from Gael. beann, from O.Ir. *benno- "peak, horn, conical point," from PIE base *bend- "projecting point."
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ben
Latin bene (well)
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