ابن

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See also: أبن, أثن, اثن, أتن, and آتن

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Proto-Semitic *bin-. Compare Hebrew בֵּן.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

اِبْن (ibnm (plural أَبْنَاء (ʾabnāʾ) or بَنُون (banūn) or بَنَات (banāt), feminine اِبْنَة (ibna) or بِنْت (bint))

  1. son, ibn
  2. descendant, scion
  3. offspring, son of the fatherland
  4. member (of a group or set of people or things)
Usage notes[edit]
  • The plural بَنَات (banāt) is used as the plural of اِبْن (ibn) if and only if the referents are things or non-human animals.
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Etymology 2[edit]

Verb[edit]

اِبْنِ (ibni) (form I)

  1. second-person masculine singular active imperative of بَنَى (banā)

Himyaritic[edit]

Noun[edit]

ابن (ibn) (accusative: ابنا (ibn-an))

  1. son

References[edit]

  • Kees Versteegh, Mushira Eid, Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics (2007, ISBN 9004144757), page 694