Bene definition

(now chiefly dialectal) A prayer, especially to God; a petition; a boon.
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Alternative form of benne (sesame)
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Origin of bene

  • From Middle English bene, from Old English bēn (“prayer, request, petition, favour, compulsory service”), from Proto-Germanic *bōniz (“supplication”), from Proto-Indo-European *bhā- (“to say, speak”). Cognate with Danish bøn (“prayer”), Swedish bön (“prayer”), Icelandic bæn (“prayer”), Icelandic bón (“request”). Related to ban. See also boon, bee.

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