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Benjamin

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noun Ben·ja·min \ ˈben-jə-mən \

Definition of Benjamin

:a son of Jacob and the traditional eponymous ancestor of one of the tribes of Israel

Origin and Etymology of benjamin

Hebrew Binyāmīn


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Benjamin

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Definition of Benjamin

US slang
:a hundred dollar bill
  • Along the way, he amassed a small fortune, which he keeps in neat stacks of Benjamins in a closet by his bed.
  • —Ben Mezrich

Origin and Etymology of benjamin

from the portrait of Benjamin Franklin that appears on a hundred dollar bill


Benjamin

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biographical name Ben·ja·min \ ˈben-jə-mən \

Definition of Benjamin

Judah Philip 1811–1884 American Confederate statesman and lawyer

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