Definition of bean
1 a : broad bean b : the seed of any of various erect or climbing plants (as of the genera Phaseolus and Vigna) of the legume family other than the broad bean c : a plant bearing beans d : an immature bean pod used as a vegetable
2 a : a valueless item b plural : the least amount <didn't know beans about it>
3 : any of various seeds or fruits that resemble beans or bean pods <coffee beans>; also : a plant producing these
6 : a protuberance on the upper mandible of waterfowl — see duck illustration
Examples of bean in a sentence
We ate rice and beans for dinner.
We're growing tomatoes and beans in our garden this year.
Origin and Etymology of bean
Middle English bene, from Old English bēan; akin to Old High German bōna bean
First Known Use: before 12th century
Simple Definition of bean
: to hit (someone) on the head with something
Full Definition of bean
: to strike (a person) on the head with an object
First Known Use of bean
BEAN Defined for Kids
Definition of bean for Students
1 : the edible seed or pod of a bushy or climbing garden plant related to the peas and clovers
2 : a seed or fruit like a bean <coffee beans>
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