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Definition of ben

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: within

Definition of ben (Entry 2 of 3)

: within



Definition of ben (Entry 3 of 3)

: the inner room or parlor of a 2-room cottage

Examples of ben in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

At that moment, Caiaphas had served some 12 years in office, having succeeded his brother-in-law Eleazar ben Ananus, one of Annas’s five sons to become high priest. National Geographic, "Meet the high priest behind Jesus's rushed and rigged trial," 19 Apr. 2019 The Polk County Sheriff's Office said ICE had ben notified of Ramirez-Velasco's arrest. Samuel Chamberlain, Fox News, "Previously deported illegal immigrant accused of sexual battery against 16-year-old Florida girl," 2 Oct. 2018 For one, there are those aforementioned ben-wa balls, which at least for the moment are occupying August Ames’s attention. Peter Rubin, WIRED, "Coming Attractions: The Rise of VR Porn," 17 Apr. 2018 The film connects black Americans to a continent that has ben positioned as mysterious, disease-infested and dark to the Western world. Erica Ayisi, The Root, "Make Wakanda Real by Embracing Your African Roots," 5 Mar. 2018 So…a swimming pool filled with ben wa balls instead of plastic sundae sprinkles? Lisa Beebe, Los Angeles Magazine, "A Fifty Shades Pop-Up Experience Is Coming to L.A. and We Need a Safe Word," 26 Jan. 2018 More flying eggs, Theota Avenue: On Oct. 19, a Theota Avenue man called police after waking up to find his house had ben egged with toilet paper strewn about. John Benson,, "Thief takes dirt bike from garage: Parma Police Blotter," 26 Oct. 2017 In fact, rebounds have ben a hallmark of this division., "AL Central Standings," 9 Sep. 2017 Sanchez has ben an Arsenal player since July 2014, when the North London club paid Barcelona £32m for his services., "Monaco Set to Try to Lure Contract Rebel Alexis Sanchez Away From Arsenal With £45m Bid," 4 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of ben


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above


1766, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ben


Middle English, from Old English binnan, from be- + innan within, from within, from in

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