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bean

noun \ ˈbēn \
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

Definition of bean

1 a :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
2 a :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
4 a 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

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.

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Origin and Etymology of bean

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


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bean

verb

Definition of bean

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

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Origin and Etymology of bean

verbal derivative of 1bean in sense "head"



BEAN Defined for English Language Learners

bean

verb

Definition of bean for English Language Learners

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


BEAN Defined for Kids

bean

noun \ ˈbēn \

Definition of bean for Students

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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