Origin of benjaminaltered ; from French benjoin, benzoin
- a masculine name: dim. Ben, Benny
- Jacob's youngest son, whose mother was Rachel: Gen. 35:18
- the tribe of Israel descended from him: Num. 1:36
Origin of BenjaminClassical Hebrew (language) binyamin, literally , son of the right hand; hence, favorite son
- Benjamin, Judah Philip 1811-84; U.S. lawyer: Confederate secretary of state (1862-65)
- Benjamin, Walter 1892-1940; Ger. philosopher & critic
Origin of benjaminAlteration (influenced by the name Benjamin) of benjoin, benzoin; see benzoin.
Origin of BenjaminHebrew binyāmîn, son of the south : bēn, son; see bn in Semitic roots + yāmîn, south; see ymn in Semitic roots.
- A balsamic resin from the bark of Styrax trees used in perfumes, incense, and medicine; benzoin resin.
- A type of tree which produces benzoin or has similar properties; specifically, Styrax benzoin, Lindera benzoin, or Ficus benjamina; a benjamin tree.
- (UK, informal, dated) A kind of upper coat for men.
- (US, slang) Alternative form of Benjamin: a US $100 bill.
From the image of Benjamin Franklin on the US $100 bill.
From the Ancient Greek Βενιαμίν (Beniamin), from Old Testament Hebrew בִּנְיָמִין (Binyamín).