bean

noun
\ ˈbēn How to pronounce bean (audio) \

Definition of bean

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : fava 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 fava bean
c : a plant bearing beans
d : an immature bean pod used as a vegetable
2a : a valueless item
b beans 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
4a beans plural : exuberance used in the phrase full of beans
b beans plural : nonsense, bunkum used in the phrase full of beans
5 : head, brain
6 : a protuberance on the upper mandible of waterfowl — see duck illustration

bean

verb
beaned; beaning; beans

Definition of bean (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to strike (a person) on the head with an object

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Synonyms for bean

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of bean in a Sentence

Noun We ate rice and beans for dinner. We're growing tomatoes and beans in our garden this year.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Monday: Start the week off strong with an easy, vegetarian three-bean chili. Kate Sidley, The New Yorker, 4 Oct. 2021 The original bean, or actually officially known as the Cloud Gate, was unveiled in 2004. Michele Herrmann, Forbes, 1 Oct. 2021 Select your preference between whole bean, French press, Chemex, home espresso and more. Julie Tong, Vogue, 29 Sep. 2021 Each tin is filled with a variety of seeds, including: sunflower, nasturtium, marigold, bean, pumpkin, and cucumber. Jennifer Aldrich, Better Homes & Gardens, 22 Sep. 2021 Starting with 1 pound fresh in-shell garbanzo beans (or another fresh bean like romano), remove their thin outer shell. Los Angeles Times, 2 Sep. 2021 A few years later, the photographer William Garnett flew himself up above a stretch of flatlands in Southern California and spent several years chronicling the transformation of lima-bean fields into the gridlike suburb of Lakewood. Justin Davidson, Curbed, 22 July 2021 To assemble the tacos, lay out the tortillas and top each with some of the jackfruit-and-bean mixture. Washington Post, 21 July 2021 The classic three-bean salad is perfect for picnics. Beth Dooley Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, 21 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Eight days earlier in Pittsburgh, Cubs manager Joe Maddon took exception to Pirates pitcher Jordan Lyles nearly beaning Javier Baez. Mark Gonzales, chicagotribune.com, 13 July 2019 Immediately following the show, there will bean after arty in the Kleist Center’s Black Box Theatre. Rich Heileman, cleveland, 8 Nov. 2019 The Dodgers were fortunate the Nationals didn’t further reduce their 3-1 lead in that inning, which Buehler started by beaning Kurt Suzuki. Los Angeles Times, 10 Oct. 2019 After Maddon’s ejection, David Bote was beaned by reliever Clay Holmes with the bases loaded during a five-run fifth, causing home-plate umpire Joe West to issue warnings to both dugouts. Mark Gonzales, chicagotribune.com, 3 July 2019 Attacking the upper half of the strike zone against the Cubs has been a successful ploy by the Dodgers and Braves, but the high and tight pitches by Lyles and Clay Holmes — who beaned David Bote with the bases loaded — were too much for Maddon. Mark Gonzales, chicagotribune.com, 5 July 2019 On June 21, 1967, Yankees pitcher Thad Tillotson beaned Sox third baseman Joe Foy, who had hit a grand slam the day before, in the second inning. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 27 Aug. 2019 Baltimore closer Mychal Givens beaned Bregman between the shoulder blades with a 97 mph fastball in the ninth inning. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, 13 Aug. 2019 On one occasion a visitor who'd been beaned one too many times with the bopping stick of a gladiator returned with a few friends, which prompted the gladiator to get a few of his own fellow warriors. Jack Mccallum, SI.com, 1 July 2019

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First Known Use of bean

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1909, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bean

Noun

Middle English bene, from Old English bēan; akin to Old High German bōna bean

Verb

verbal derivative of bean entry 1 in sense "head"

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“Bean.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bean. Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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bean

noun
\ ˈbēn How to pronounce bean (audio) \

Kids Definition of bean

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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