ابن

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See also: أبن, أثن, اثن, أتن, and آتن

Arabic[edit]

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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
    بُنَيَّ‎ ― bunayyamy little son (diminutive)
    اِبْنُ آدَمَ‎ ― ibnu ʾādamahuman (literally, “son of Adam”)
  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]

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

اِبْنِ (ibni) (form I)

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

References[edit]

  • Wehr, Hans (1979), “بن”, in J. Milton Cowan, editor, A Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic, 4th edition, Ithaca, NY: Spoken Language Services, ISBN 0-87950-003-4

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