Benjamin

noun (1)
Ben·​ja·​min | \ˈben-jə-mən \

Definition of Benjamin 

(Entry 1 of 3)

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

Benjamin

noun (2)

Definition of Benjamin (Entry 2 of 3)

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

Benjamin

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

Definition of Benjamin (Entry 3 of 3)

Judah Philip 1811–1884 American Confederate statesman and lawyer

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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