Bean - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |biːn|  American pronunciation of the word bean
Brit.  |biːn|  British pronunciation of the word bean


- any of various edible seeds of plants of the family Leguminosae used for food
- any of various seeds or fruits that are beans or resemble beans
- any of various leguminous plants grown for their edible seeds and pods
- informal terms for a human head (syn: attic, bonce, dome, noggin, noodle)


- hit on the head, especially with a pitched baseball


We ate rice and beans for dinner.

We're growing tomatoes and beans in our garden this year.

She was quietly shelling French-beans for her dinner.

One of the greatest and most effective balls is the "bean ball".

Soak the beans overnight.

Her boyfriend's a real string bean.

Word forms

singular: bean
plural: beans
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