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Etymology 1Edit

From benzoin.

NounEdit

benjamin (countable and uncountable, plural benjamins)

  1. A balsamic resin from the bark of Styrax trees used in perfumes, incense, and medicine; benzoin resin.
  2. A type of tree which produces benzoin or has similar properties; specifically, Styrax benzoin, Lindera benzoin, or Ficus benjamina; a Benjamin bush.
  3. (Britain, informal, dated) A kind of upper coat for men.
    • 1826, The Atheneum: Volume 18, page 236
      something which is not long enough to constitute a benjamin, and too long for a dress coat or spencer

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Etymology 2Edit

From the image of Benjamin Franklin on the US $100 bill.

NounEdit

benjamin (plural benjamins)

  1. (US, slang) Alternative form of Benjamin: a US $100 bill.

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PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From the biblical character Benjamin.

NounEdit

benjamin m (plural benjamins, feminine benjamine)

  1. youngest child (in a family)
  2. child loved disproportionally more by the parents in a family
  3. (sports) One of the age classes for children; varies by sport.

Etymology 2Edit

After French Scrabble player Benjamin Hannuna.

NounEdit

benjamin m (plural benjamins)

  1. (Scrabble) A three-letter addition to the beginning of a word that creates another valid word, especially one that reaches a "triple word score" square.

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