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Meaning of benjamin

ben•ja•min

Pronunciation: (ben'ju-mun), [key]
— n.
  1. benzoin (def. 2).

Ben•ja•min

Pronunciation: (ben'ju-mun), [key]
— n.
  1. the youngest son of Jacob and Rachel, and the brother of Joseph. Gen. 35:18.
  2. one of the 12 tribes of ancient Israel traditionally descended from him.
  3. 1773–1845, U.S. architect and writer.
  4. 1811–84, Confederate statesman.
  5. a male given name: from a Hebrew word meaning “son of the right.”
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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