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
Rhymes with bean
clean, dean, Dean, Deane, dene, e'en, gene, glean, green, jean, keen, lean, lien, mean, mesne, mien, peen, preen, quean, queen, scene, screen, sheen, shin, sin, spean, spleen, teen, tween, wean, ween, wheen, yean
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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