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See also: bein, be-in, and bein'



From Middle High German bein, from Old High German bein, from Proto-West Germanic *bain, from Proto-Germanic *bainą. Compare Dutch been, English bone, Danish ben.


  • IPA(key): /baɪ̯n/
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  • Rhymes: -aɪ̯n


Bein n (strong, genitive Beines or Beins, plural Beine, diminutive Beinchen n)

  1. leg of a person, animal, or object
  2. (technical, archaic, except in compounds) bone

Usage notes[edit]

  • In a narrower sense, German Bein excludes the feet, but for the most part it includes them. It can even refer to the feet specifically in some regions where a clothed but barefoot person might hear Du hast ja nichts an den Beinen! (literally You have nothing on your legs!) Compare also the phrase wieder auf den Beinen, where English says “back on one’s feet”.
  • The sense of bone is widely obsolete in standard usage, apart from technical usage ("aus Bein geschnitzt"), some common phrases, such as "durch Mark und Bein", and various compounds, such as Schlüsselbein, Elfenbein, Steißbein.


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Alternative forms[edit]

  • (in other dialects, including Low Prussian) Been


See Been.


  • IPA(key): /bɛɪ̯n/, /baɪ̯n/


Bein ? (plural Beiner)

  1. (in some dialects) leg


Bein ? (plural has not been set)

  1. (in some dialects) bone (as material)
  2. (in some dialects) bones; a skeleton or skeletons

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