bn / Semitic roots

Examples of words with the root bn: B'nai B'rith, bar mitzvah, bat mitzvah, Benjamin, bint.


Common Semitic noun *b(i)n-, son, and feminine derivative *bint-, daughter.

I. Common Semitic *b(i)n-.
1. a. bar mitzvah, from Aramaic bar, bound form of bərā, son;; b. Barabbas, from Aramaic bar-ʔabbā, son of the father (probably a nickname, or a joking name for a bastard; ʔabbā, father; see ʔb);; c. Barnabas, from Aramaic bar-nəbô, son of Nabu (nəbô, Nabu, Akkadian deity, from Akkadian nabû).
2. a. B'nai B'rith, from Hebrew bənê, plural bound form of bēn, son;; b. Benjamin, from Hebrew binyāmîn, son of the right hand, from bin-, frozen bound form of bēn (yāmîn, right hand, south; see ymn)..
II. Common Semitic *bint-.
1. a. bat mitzvah, from Hebrew bat (< *batt < *bitt < *bint), daughter;; b. Bathsheba, from Hebrew bat-šebaʕ (see šbʕ).
2. bint, from Arabic bint, daughter.

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