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In the Bible, the younger son of Jacob and Rachel and the forebear of one of the tribes of Israel.

[Hebrew binyāmîn, son of the south : bēn, son; see bn in Semitic roots + yāmîn, south; see ymn in Semitic roots.]

ben·ja·min 1


[Alteration (influenced by the name Benjamin) of benjoin, benzoin; see benzoin.]

ben·ja·min 2

n. Slang
1. A one-hundred dollar bill.
2. One hundred dollars.

[After Benjamin Franklin, whose portrait appears on the US $100 bill.]
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1. (Plants) another name for benzoin1
2. (Plants) benjamin bush another name for spicebush
[C16: variant of benzoin; influenced in form by the name Benjamin]


1. (Bible) Old Testament
a. the youngest and best-loved son of Jacob and Rachel (Genesis 35:16–18; 42:4)
b. the tribe descended from this patriarch
c. the territory of this tribe, northwest of the Dead Sea
2. archaic a youngest and favourite son


1. (Biography) Arthur. 1893–1960, Australian composer. In addition to Jamaican Rumba (1938), he wrote five operas and a harmonica concerto (1953)
2. (Biography) Walter (ˈvaltər). 1892–1940, German critic and cultural theorist
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(ˈbɛn dʒə mən)



(ˈbɛn dʒə mən)

1. the youngest son of Jacob and Rachel, and the brother of Joseph. Gen. 35:18.
2. one of the 12 tribes of Israel, traditionally descended from him.
3. Judah Philip, 1811–84, Confederate statesman.
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Noun1.benjamin - gum resin used especially in treating skin irritation
gum resin - a mixture of resin and gum
2.Benjamin - (Old Testament) the youngest and best-loved son of Jacob and Rachel and one of the twelve forebears of the tribes of Israel
Old Testament - the collection of books comprising the sacred scripture of the Hebrews and recording their history as the chosen people; the first half of the Christian Bible
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[ˈbendʒəmɪn] NBenjamín
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AS soon as they had passed, little Benjamin Bunny slid down into the road, and set off--with a hop, skip and a jump--to call upon his relations, who lived in the wood at the back of Mr.
LITTLE Benjamin did not very much want to see his Aunt.
"Peter,"--said little Benjamin, in a whisper--"who has got your clothes?"
Most of the lights were extinguished; but as Benjamin adjusted with great care and regularity four large candles, in as many massive candlesticks of brass, in a row on the sideboard, the hall possessed a peculiar air of comfort and warmth, contrasted with the cheerless aspect of the room she had left in the academy.
The report was favorable, and the young lady, wishing Benjamin, who was filling the stove with wood, and the housekeeper, each a good-night, withdrew.
Two chairs were placed by the side of this comfortable situation, when Benjamin, for the first time, appeared to observe his companion.
And, as soon as it was ended, Mr Benjamin, as we have said, attended him, and was very kindly desired to sit down.
Every profession of friendship easily gains credit with the miserable; it is no wonder therefore, if Jones, who, besides his being miserable, was extremely open-hearted, very readily believed all the professions of Benjamin, and received him into his bosom.
I could confide in Benjamin as I could confide in no one else.
I went to old Benjamin's little villa, in the by-ways of St.
Benjamin Allen was a coarse, stout, thick-set young man, with black hair cut rather short, and a white face cut rather long.
Benjamin Allen; 'and the cigars were not bad, or the pork-chops either; were they, Bob?'