ben·​ne ˈbe-nē How to pronounce benne (audio)
variants or less commonly bene

Examples of benne in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Garnish with benne seeds. Whitney Otawka, Country Living, 17 Mar. 2021 Stews and soups may be thickened with benne seeds, an heirloom version of sesame seeds brought over on slave ships. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 29 Jan. 2023 Be sure to use unsweetened cocoa powder; swapping out the benne seeds with sesame seeds and maple sugar with light brown sugar is fine. Nicole Taylor, San Francisco Chronicle, 14 Oct. 2021 Low country hurricane popcorn with Old Bay, cayenne, benne seed, popped sorghum berries and nori. Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, The Arizona Republic, 2 June 2021 Wilma Flinstone appears to have staged the meaty smoked pork spare ribs, the dark bark of which is sticky with honey, caramelized brown sugar and soy sauce and freckled with benne seeds. Washington Post, 30 Apr. 2021 Add 1/2 cup each sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, flaxseeds, and raw benne seeds or sesame seeds. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, 21 Dec. 2020 Using equal amounts of black and white sesame seeds produces an especially dramatic cake, but white sesame or benne seeds work well too. Washington Post, 15 Dec. 2020 For her that means benne-seed biscuits topped with local country ham and hollandaise punched up with her version of kitchen pepper, an idiosyncratic blend of pepper and warm spices. Amiel Stanek, Bon Appétit, 17 Apr. 2020 See More

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Word History


of African origin; akin to Malinke bĕne sesame

First Known Use

1769, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of benne was in 1769

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Cite this Entry

“Benne.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2023.

Medical Definition


variants or bene
: sesame

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