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Princeton's WordNet

  1. bennoun

    a mountain or tall hill

    "they were climbing the ben"


  1. Bennoun

    A diminutive of the male given name Benjamin or, less often, of Benedict.

  2. Etymology: بن and בן.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Ben

  2. Behen, Bennoun

    Valerian roots. Also a fruit resembling the tamarisk, from which perfumers extract an oil. Dict.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ben

    alt. of Ben nut

  2. Ben

    within; in; in or into the interior; toward the inner apartment

  3. Benadverb

    the inner or principal room in a hut or house of two rooms; -- opposed to but, the outer apartment

  4. Ben

    an old form of the pl. indic. pr. of Be

  5. Bennoun

    a hoglike mammal of New Guinea (Porcula papuensis)


  1. Ben

    "Ben" is a song written by Don Black and composed by Walter Scharf for the 1972 film of the same name. It was performed in the film by Lee Montgomery and by Michael Jackson over the closing credits. Jackson's single, recorded for the Motown label in 1972, spent one week at the top of the U.S. pop chart. It also reached number-one on the Australian pop chart, spending eight weeks at the top spot. The song also later reached a peak of number seven on the British pop chart. "Ben" won a Golden Globe for Best Song. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1973, losing to "The Morning After" from The Poseidon Adventure; Jackson performed the song in front of a live audience at the ceremony. The song was Jackson's first #1 solo hit.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Ben

    ben, n. a mountain peak. [Gael. beann.]

  2. Ben

    ben, prep. and adv. in toward the inner apartment of a house.—n. the inner apartment of a house, as opposed to the But or kitchen through which one must generally pass first.—To be far ben with one, to be on terms of great intimacy or friendship with; To live but and ben, to live respectively in these rooms, in close neighbourhood with any one. [M. E. binne—A.S. binnan, within.]

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  3. BEN

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Etymology and Origins

  1. Ben

    Theatrical slang for “benefit.”

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. BEN

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Ben is ranked #9596 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Ben surname appeared 3,386 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Ben.

    27.7% or 940 total occurrences were Black.
    26% or 883 total occurrences were White.
    24.9% or 843 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    11.5% or 392 total occurrences were Asian.
    6.8% or 231 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.8% or 97 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'BEN' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3325

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'BEN' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1969

Anagrams for BEN »

  1. NbE

  2. neb

  3. Neb.

  4. EbN

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of BEN in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of BEN in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of BEN in a Sentence

  1. Bent Lexner:

    In 1961 Ben-Gurion, the first Israeli prime minister, came to Denmark and said the same thing, the chief rabbi went out in the media and said, 'This is not the way to come here, Prime Minister, and tell people to leave.'.

  2. Councilman Gregory Carroll:

    I was not made aware of this decision beforehand and it is in direct contradiction of what I stand for and what the city of Kenner should stand for, i am 100 % AGAINST this decision. I will meet with Ben Zahn and other council members in an effort to rescind this directive. I will keep the citizens of Kenner, and the Greater New Orleans area informed as we move forward.

  3. Ron Bonjean:

    Ben Carson has the most to lose as this happens.

  4. Marie Choice:

    That just seems out of character for Ben Carson, that is just truly hard to believe — that Ben Carson would do something like that.

  5. Ben Howland:

    It was a tough loss and we’ve said that too many times this year, we outboarded them by 18, but we had too many turnovers( 20). I blame Mississippi State coach Ben Howland for the looks we did n’t get down the stretch.

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    an attitude of irreverence or contempt for a divinity
    • A. rung
    • B. allogamy
    • C. profaneness
    • D. brashness

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