Origin of beenMiddle English ben from Old English beon: see be
The definition of been is the past tense of the word be.
An example of been is someone saying they have travelled to France.
Past participle of be
- The battle had been raging for some time.
- His little army had been beaten and scattered.
- She was uneasy because she had never been on a plane before.
- I have been in Paris.
- You've been a very good girl.