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HebrewEdit

Etymology 1Edit

Root
ב־ן

From Proto-Semitic *bin-.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

בֵּן (bénm (plural indefinite בָּנִים‎, singular construct בֶּן־, plural construct בְּנֵי־‎, feminine counterpart בַּת‎)

  1. A son.
  2. (chiefly in Biblical Hebrew) A direct male descendant.
    בן אדם‎ ― bén-adáma human [literally a son of Adam]
  3. A guy, a boy.
  4. (no longer productive, construct state) Possessor of (knowledge, ability, etc.)
    בן דעת‎ ― bén dá'atsomeone legally competent
    בן תורה‎ ― bén torásomeone devoted to the Torah
  5. (construct state) Used in expressing the age of a man, a boy, or the referent of a masculine noun: age, aged.
    הוא בן שש.‎‎ ― bén shésh.He is six years old. [literally, a son of six]
    • 2011 September 28, Nir Hasson (ניר חסון), in Haaretz online:
      בית קברות בן 4,000 שנה שופך אור על י-ם בתקופת הברונזה
      béit-k'varót bén 4,000 shaná shofékh ór ál y-m bit'kufát-hab'rónza
      4,000-year-old cemetery sheds light on Bronze-Age Jerusalem
Usage notesEdit
DeclensionEdit

Proper nounEdit

בֵּן (bénm

  1. A male given name, Ben.

Derived termsEdit

Etymology 2Edit

Root
ב־י־ן

VerbEdit

בָּן (bán) (pa'al construction)

  1. (rare, archaic) to understand.
ConjugationEdit

Etymology 3Edit

PrepositionEdit

‎‎בָּן (ban)

  1. (poetic or archaic) Form of בְּ־(b'-) including third-person feminine plural personal pronoun as object.