See also: biên, biển, biến, biện, Bien, Bien., and Bień

AsturianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin bene (well).

AdverbEdit

bien

  1. well

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BasqueEdit

NumeralEdit

bien

  1. genitive plural of bi

DanishEdit

NounEdit

bien c

  1. definite singular of bi

FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle French bien, from Old French bien, from Latin bene (well).

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /bjɛ̃/
  • Rhymes: -jɛ̃
  • (file)

AdjectiveEdit

bien (invariable, comparative meilleur)

  1. good, all right, great
  2. good looking, nice

AdverbEdit

bien (comparative mieux, superlative le mieux)

  1. well
    Ça va bien ?How's it going? (literally, “It goes well?”)
    Il joue vraiment bien au football.
    He plays soccer really well.
  2. indeed; so
    Bien, on peut partir maintenant ?
    So, can we leave now?
  3. (followed by de, des, or du) a lot (of)
    Macy Gray a traversé bien des épreuves.
    Macy Gray got through a lot of ordeals.
  4. very; really
    c'est bien aimable à vousit's very considerate of you
    c'est bien beau, mais...it's all very well, but...
    Je te trouve bien silencieux aujourd'hui.You seem very quiet today.
    Il est bien moche, ce type. Ce type est vraiment moche.That guy is really ugly.

Usage notesEdit

  • The sense "very" is of restricted use; bien cannot be used interchangeably with très or fort in all contexts.

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NounEdit

bien m (plural biens)

  1. good as opposed to evil
  2. a commodity, a good
  3. a possession

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JapaneseEdit

RomanizationEdit

bien

  1. Rōmaji transcription of びえん

LadinoEdit

Alternative formsEdit

byén

EtymologyEdit

From Old Spanish from Latin bene (well), from Latin bonus (good).

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

bien m (Latin spelling, Hebrew spelling ביין‎, plural bienes)

  1. good
  2. conforming to duty

AdverbEdit

bien (Latin spelling, Hebrew spelling ביין‎)

  1. good, well

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Middle EnglishEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old English bycġan, from Proto-West Germanic *buggjan.

PronunciationEdit

VerbEdit

bien

  1. buy

ConjugationEdit

DescendantsEdit

  • English: buy
  • Scots: by
  • Yola: bidge

ReferencesEdit


Middle FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old French bien.

AdverbEdit

bien

  1. well (in a positive way; in a way that meets or exceeds expectations)

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DescendantsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • bien on Dictionnaire du Moyen Français (1330–1500) (in French)
  • Godefroy, Frédéric, Dictionnaire de l'ancienne langue française et de tous ses dialectes du IXe au XVe siècle (1881) (bien, supplement)

Norwegian BokmålEdit

Alternative formsEdit

NounEdit

bien m or f

  1. definite masculine singular of bie

Old FrenchEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin bene.

PronunciationEdit

AdverbEdit

bien (comparative and superlative mielz or miex)

  1. well
    • circa 1170, Chrétien de Troyes, Érec et Énide:
      "Oïl, mout m'an sovient il bien.
      Seneschaus, savez vos an rien?
      Yes, I remember it well
      Seneschal, do you know anything about it?
  2. indeed (used for emphasis)

NounEdit

bien m (oblique plural biens, nominative singular biens, nominative plural bien)

  1. possession; object of value
  2. good (as opposed to evil)

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DescendantsEdit

  • Middle French: bien
    • French: bien (adverb and noun)
  • Walloon: bén

SpanishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old Spanish, from Latin bene (well).

PronunciationEdit

AdverbEdit

bien

  1. well (adverbial form of bueno)
    Toca bien el piano.He plays the piano well.
    Antonym: mal
  2. well, fine, okay (state of being satisfied with the status quo)
    hasta aquí todo bienso far so good
  3. properly
  4. willingly
  5. very
  6. as well
    Bien podrías acabar con ello temprano.You might as well get it over with early.

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AdjectiveEdit

bien (plural bienes)

  1. (postpositive, colloquial) well-to-do; affluent; wealthy; upper-class
    Amanda y Carlos vienen de una familia bien.
    Amanda and Carlos come from a well-to-do family.
  2. (postpositive, colloquial) exclusive; upscale; high-class
    Las colonias bienes están en las afueras de la ciudad.
    The upscale neighborhoods are in the city suburbs.

NounEdit

bien m (plural bienes)

  1. good (as opposed to evil)
    Es por el bien de toda la comunidad.It's for the good of the whole community.
    Antonym: mal
  2. goodness
  3. good, better (substantive)
    para bien o para malfor better or for worse
    He vuelto para bien esta vez.I'm back for good this time.
  4. welfare, benefit
  5. (plural) goods, property, possessions, assets, wealth, estate

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VolapükEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from German Biene, English bee.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

bien (nominative plural biens)

  1. bee
    • 1959, "Lak drenas", Volapükagased, issue 2, page 7.
      Böd nonik kanitonöv / us lidi in yof e fred; / kriks, biens us vegonsöv / in seil de bled lü bled.
      (please add an English translation of this quote)

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West FrisianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old Frisian bēn, from Proto-Germanic *bainą.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

bien n (plural biennen, diminutive bientsje)

  1. bone
  2. leg

Further readingEdit

  • bien”, in Wurdboek fan de Fryske taal (in Dutch), 2011