EnglishEdit

PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

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.

Alternative formsEdit

NounEdit

ben (plural bens)

  1. (obsolete) A prayer; a petition.

Etymology 2Edit

From Middle English ben, bene, variation of bin, binne (within), from Old English binnan (within, in, inside of, into), equivalent to be- +‎ in.

PrepositionEdit

ben

  1. (Scotland, northern England) In, into.
    • 2008, James Kelman, Kieron Smith, Boy, Penguin 2009, p. 32:
      And he was waving to me to creep in, so I just did and then just to skip ben the front and then in the lobby.

AdjectiveEdit

ben (comparative benner, superlative benmost)

  1. Inner, interior.
Derived termsEdit
  • ben-end, ben-room

NounEdit

ben (plural bens)

  1. (Scotland, Northern England) Ben-room: The inner room of a two-room hut or shack (as opposed to the but).

Etymology 3Edit

Probably representing a North African pronunciation of Arabic بان (bān, ben tree)

NounEdit

ben (plural bens)

  1. A tree, Moringa oleifera or horseradish tree of Arabia and India, which produces oil of ben.
  2. The winged seed of the ben tree.
  3. The oil of the ben seed.
SynonymsEdit
Derived termsEdit
  • ben-nut
TranslationsEdit

Etymology 4Edit

Arabic بن and Hebrew בן (ben, son).

Alternative formsEdit

NounEdit

ben (uncountable)

  1. (usually capitalised) Son of (used with Hebrew and Arabic surnames).
TranslationsEdit

Etymology 5Edit

From Scottish Gaelic beinn

NounEdit

ben (plural bens)

  1. A Scottish or Irish mountain or high peak.

AnagramsEdit


CatalanEdit

AdverbEdit

ben

  1. Alternative form of .

Usage notesEdit

The form ben is used when it precedes the adjective, adverb or verb form that it modifies, and is used in all other cases.


DanishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old Norse bein (bone, leg), from Proto-Germanic *bainą.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /beːn/, [b̥eːˀn]

NounEdit

ben n (singular definite benet, plural indefinite ben)

  1. leg
  2. bone

InflectionEdit


DutchEdit

PronunciationEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle Dutch ben, bem, bin, bim, from Old Dutch *bin, *bim (am), from Proto-Germanic *beuną (to be), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰew- (to grow, become, appear). Cognate with German bin (am), Old English bīom, bēom (am). More at be.

See also German bin.

VerbEdit

ben

  1. first-person singular present indicative of zijn
  2. imperative of zijn

FaroeseEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old Norse ben, from Proto-Germanic *banjō.

NounEdit

ben n (genitive singular bens, plural ben)

  1. wound

DeclensionEdit

n3 Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative ben benið ben benini
Accusative ben benið ben benini
Dative beni beninum benum benunum
Genitive bens bensins bena benanna
n22 Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative ben benið ben benini
Accusative ben benið ben benini
Dative beni beninum ben(j)um ben(j)unum
Genitive bens bensins benja benjanna

NounEdit

ben f (genitive singular benjar, plural benjar)

  1. wound

DeclensionEdit

f8 Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative ben benin benjar benjarnar
Accusative ben benina benjar benjarnar
Dative ben benini benjum benjunum
Genitive benjar benjarinnar benja benjanna


Derived termsEdit


FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

Alternative form of bien.

PronunciationEdit

InterjectionEdit

ben

  1. well; uh

FriulianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin bene.

AdverbEdit

ben

  1. well
  2. properly, nicely

AntonymsEdit

NounEdit

ben

  1. good

Related termsEdit


GalicianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin bene.

NounEdit

ben m (plural bens)

  1. benefit; welfare
  2. (in the plural) goods
  3. good (the forces that are the enemy of evil)

AntonymsEdit

AdverbEdit

ben

  1. well
  2. very; a lot

AntonymsEdit

Related termsEdit


InterlinguaEdit

AdverbEdit

ben (comparative melio, superlative le melio)

  1. well

ItalianEdit

AdverbEdit

ben

  1. apocopic form of bene
    ben fatto — well done

JapaneseEdit

RomanizationEdit

ben

  1. rōmaji reading of べん

KurdishEdit

NounEdit

ben ?

  1. string, rope

Related termsEdit

Derived termsEdit


LadinEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin bene.

AdverbEdit

ben (Comparative: miec)

  1. well
  2. properly

NounEdit

ben m (plural bens)

  1. (chiefly in the plural) goods, property

LojbanEdit

RafsiEdit

ben

  1. rafsi of besna.

MandarinEdit

RomanizationEdit

ben

  1. Nonstandard spelling of bēn.
  2. Nonstandard spelling of běn.
  3. Nonstandard spelling of bèn.

Usage notesEdit

  • English transcriptions of Mandarin speech often fail to distinguish between the critical tonal differences employed in the Mandarin language, using words such as this one without the appropriate indication of tone.

ManxEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old Irish ben, from Proto-Celtic *benā, from Proto-Indo-European *gʷḗn

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

ben f (genitive mreih, plural mraane)

  1. woman

MutationEdit

Manx mutation
Radical Lenition Eclipsis
ben ven men
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

Middle EnglishEdit

VerbEdit

bēn

  1. to be
    • 1407, The Testimony of William Thorpe, pages 40–41
      And I seide, “Ser, in his tyme maister Ioon Wiclef was holden of ful many men the grettis clerk that thei knewen lyuynge vpon erthe. And therwith he was named, as I gesse worthili, a passing reuli man and an innocent in al his lyuynge. And herfore grete men of kunnynge and other also drowen myche to him, and comownede ofte with him. And thei sauouriden so his loore that thei wroten it bisili and enforsiden hem to rulen hem theraftir… Maister Ion Aston taughte and wroot acordingli and ful bisili, where and whanne and to whom he myghte, and he vsid it himsilf, I gesse, right perfyghtli vnto his lyues eende. Also Filip of Repintoun whilis he was a chanoun of Leycetre, Nycol Herforde, dane Geffrey of Pikeringe, monke of Biland and a maistir dyuynyte, and Ioon Purueye, and manye other whiche weren holden rightwise men and prudent, taughten and wroten bisili this forseide lore of Wiclef, and conformeden hem therto. And with alle these men I was ofte homli and I comownede with hem long tyme and fele, and so bifore alle othir men I chees wilfulli to be enformed bi hem and of hem, and speciali of Wiclef himsilf, as of the moost vertuous and goodlich wise man that I herde of owhere either knew. And herfore of Wicleef speciali and of these men I toke the lore whiche I haue taughte and purpose to lyue aftir, if God wole, to my lyues ende.”

ReferencesEdit


Norwegian BokmålEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old Norse bein, from Proto-Germanic *bainą.

NounEdit

ben n (definite singular benet; indefinite plural ben; definite plural bena/benene)

  1. leg, bone

Old EnglishEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Proto-Germanic *bōniz. Cognate with Old Norse bón.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

bēn f

  1. prayer, praying
  2. request, entreaty
DeclensionEdit
DescendantsEdit

Etymology 2Edit

From Proto-Germanic *banjō. Cognate with Old Norse ben.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

ben f

  1. Alternative form of benn.

Old IrishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Celtic *benā, from Proto-Indo-European *gʷḗn.

NounEdit

ben f

  1. woman

DescendantsEdit

SynonymsEdit


Old SaxonEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Germanic *bainą. Cognate with Old Frisian bēn (West Frisian bien), Old English bān (English bone), Dutch been (bone, leg), Old High German bein (German Bein (leg)), Old Norse bein (Icelandic bein (bone)).

NounEdit

bēn n

  1. bone

DescendantsEdit


ScotsEdit

Etymology 1Edit

Old English binnan.

NounEdit

ben (plural bens)

  1. The inner room of a two-room hut or shack (as opposed to the but).

AdjectiveEdit

ben (comparative benner, superlative benmaist)

  1. Inner, interior.

PrepositionEdit

ben

  1. Through, in, into (a dwelling).
    I went ben the room.

Etymology 2Edit

From Scottish Gaelic beinn.

NounEdit

ben (plural bens)

  1. A mountain or hill

Serbo-CroatianEdit

EtymologyEdit

Turkish ben.

NounEdit

ben m (Cyrillic spelling бен)

  1. birthmark
  2. mole
  3. naevus

SynonymsEdit


SwedishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old Norse bein, from Proto-Germanic *bainą.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

ben n

  1. (anatomy) Leg; a body part.
  2. Leg; part of trousers which covers the legs.
  3. The part of a piece furniture on which it stands.
  4. (anatomy) Bone; any of the components of an endoskeleton.
  5. (anatomy) Bone; the material of the endoskeleton

DeclensionEdit

Related termsEdit

  • armbågsben
  • bakben
  • bena
  • bena upp
  • bena ut
  • benaska
  • benbildning
  • benbit
  • benbrott
  • benfisk
  • benflisa
  • benfri
  • benfärgad
  • benföring
  • benget
  • bengädda
  • benhinna
  • benhus
  • benhård
  • benig
  • benighet
  • bening
  • benkläder
  • benknota
  • benknäckare
  • benkol
  • benlim
  • benlinda
  • benling
  • benläder
  • benlös
  • benmassa
  • benmjöl
  • benmuskel
  • benmärg
  • benpipa
  • benporslin
  • benprotes
  • benrangel
  • benrester
  • benröta
  • bensax
  • benskada
  • benskena
  • benskydd
  • benskör
  • benskörhet
  • benspark
  • bensprattel
  • benstomme
  • bensträckare
  • benstump
  • benstyrka
  • bensår
  • bentackling
  • bentag
  • benutrymme
  • benved
  • benvit
  • benvärmare
  • benvävnad
  • bröstben
  • enbent
  • fingerben
  • fiskben
  • framben
  • fyrbent
  • handlovsben
  • hundben
  • karpalben
  • kobent
  • korsben
  • köttben
  • lårben
  • lösben
  • mellanhandsben
  • nyckelben
  • revben
  • skenben
  • skinn och ben
  • strålben
  • trebent
  • träben
  • tvåbent
  • underben
  • vadben
  • vristben
  • överarmsben

ReferencesEdit


TurkishEdit

PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Old Turkic meŋ, from Proto-Turkic *beŋ (mole on the face).

NounEdit

ben

  1. mole, birthmark
DeclensionEdit
See alsoEdit

Etymology 2Edit

From Old Turkic men, from Proto-Turkic.

PronounEdit

ben

  1. I
See alsoEdit

NounEdit

ben

  1. ego
DeclensionEdit
  • It is one of the two words which have irregular dative and genitive case declension. (the other word is "sen" and also "biz" has irregular genitive case declension)

VenetianEdit

AdverbEdit

ben

  1. well

Derived termsEdit


VolapükEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowing from Latin bene.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

ben (plural bens)

  1. (sense of) well-being, welfare, being well, wellness

DeclensionEdit

Derived termsEdit

Related termsEdit

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