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bean

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noun \ˈbēn\

Definition of bean

  1. 1a :  fava beanb :  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 beanc :  a plant bearing beansd :  an immature bean pod used as a vegetable

  2. 2a :  a valueless itemb beans plural :  the least amount didn't know beans about it

  3. 3 :  any of various seeds or fruits that resemble beans or bean pods coffee beans; also :  a plant producing these

  4. 4a beans plural :  exuberance —used in the phrase full of beansb beans plural :  nonsense, bunkum —used in the phrase full of beans

  5. 5 :  head, brain

  6. 6 :  a protuberance on the upper mandible of waterfowl — see duck illustration

Examples of bean in a Sentence

  1. We ate rice and beans for dinner.

  2. 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


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bean

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Definition of bean

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to strike (a person) on the head with an object

Origin and Etymology of bean

verbal derivative of 1bean in sense “head”


First Known Use: 1909



BEAN Defined for English Language Learners

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bean

verb

Definition of bean for English Language Learners

  • : to hit (someone) on the head with something


BEAN Defined for Kids

bean

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noun \ˈbēn\

Definition of bean for Students

  1. 1 :  the edible seed or pod of a bushy or climbing garden plant related to the peas and clovers

  2. 2 :  a seed or fruit like a bean coffee beans



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