noun (1)
Ben·​ja·​min | \ ˈben-jə-mən How to pronounce Benjamin (audio) \

Definition of Benjamin

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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


noun (2)

Definition of Benjamin (Entry 2 of 2)

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

First Known Use of Benjamin

Noun (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1994, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Benjamin

Noun (1)

Hebrew Binyāmīn

Noun (2)

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

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“Benjamin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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Benjamin biographical name

Ben·​ja·​min | \ ˈben-jə-mən How to pronounce Benjamin (audio) \

Definition of Benjamin

Judah Philip 1811–1884 American Confederate statesman and lawyer

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