bien

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See also: biên, biển, biến, biện, Bien, Bien., and Bień

Asturian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin bene (well).

Adverb[edit]

bien

  1. well

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Basque[edit]

Numeral[edit]

bien

  1. genitive plural of bi

Danish[edit]

Noun[edit]

bien c

  1. definite singular of bi

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle French bien, from Old French bien, from Latin bene (well).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /bjɛ̃/
  • Rhymes: -jɛ̃
  • (file)

Adjective[edit]

bien (invariable, comparative meilleur)

  1. good, all right, great
  2. good looking, nice

Adverb[edit]

bien (comparative mieux, superlative le mieux)

  1. well
    Ça va bien ?How's it going? (literally, “It goes well?”)
    Il joue vraiment bien au football.
    He plays soccer really well.
  2. indeed; so
    Bien, on peut partir maintenant ?
    So, can we leave now?
  3. (followed by de, des, or du) a lot (of)
    Macy Gray a traversé bien des épreuves.
    Macy Gray got through a lot of ordeals.
  4. (colloquial) really (used as an intensifier)
    • Il est bien moche, ce type
      That guy is really ugly.

Usage notes[edit]

This intensifier is used only with certain adjectives of negative connotation, such as moche, dégueu, chiant.

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Noun[edit]

bien m (plural biens)

  1. good as opposed to evil
  2. a commodity, a good
  3. a possession

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Japanese[edit]

Romanization[edit]

bien

  1. Rōmaji transcription of びえん

Ladino[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

byén

Etymology[edit]

From Old Spanish from Latin bene (well), from Latin bonus (good).

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

bien m (Hebrew spelling ביין‎, plural bienes)

  1. good
  2. conforming to duty

Adverb[edit]

bien (Hebrew spelling ביין‎)

  1. good, well

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Middle French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French bien.

Adverb[edit]

bien

  1. well (in a positive way; in a way that meets or exceeds expectations)

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Descendants[edit]

  • French: bien

References[edit]

  • bien on Dictionnaire du Moyen Français (1330–1500) (in French)
  • Godefroy, Frédéric, Dictionnaire de l'ancienne langue française et de tous ses dialectes du IXe au XVe siècle (1881) (bien, supplement)

Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Noun[edit]

bien m or f

  1. definite masculine singular of bie

Old French[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin bene.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adverb[edit]

bien (comparative and superlative mielz or miex)

  1. well
    • circa 1170, Chrétien de Troyes, Érec et Énide:
      "Oïl, mout m'an sovient il bien.
      Seneschaus, savez vos an rien?
      Yes, I remember it well
      Seneschal, do you know anything about it?
  2. indeed (used for emphasis)

Noun[edit]

bien m (oblique plural biens, nominative singular biens, nominative plural bien)

  1. possession; object of value
  2. good (as opposed to evil)

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Descendants[edit]

  • Middle French: bien
    • French: bien (adverb and noun)
  • Walloon: bén

Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Spanish, from Latin bene (well).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /bjen/, [bjẽn]
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -en

Adverb[edit]

bien

  1. well (adverbial form of bueno)
    Toca bien el piano.He plays the piano well.
    Antonym: mal
  2. well, fine, okay (state of being satisfied with the status quo)
    hasta aquí todo bienso far so good
  3. properly
  4. willingly
  5. very
  6. as well
    Bien podrías acabar con ello temprano.You might as well get it over with early.

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Adjective[edit]

bien (plural bienes)

  1. (postpositive, colloquial) well-to-do; affluent; wealthy; upper-class
    Amanda y Carlos vienen de una familia bien.
    Amanda and Carlos come from a well-to-do family.
  2. (postpositive, colloquial) exclusive; upscale; high-class
    Las colonias bienes están en las afueras de la ciudad.
    The upscale neighborhoods are in the city suburbs.

Noun[edit]

bien m (plural bienes)

  1. good (as opposed to evil)
    Es por el bien de toda la comunidad.It's for the good of the whole community.
    Antonym: mal
  2. goodness
  3. good, better (substantive)
    para bien o para malfor better or for worse
    He vuelto para bien esta vez.I'm back for good this time.
  4. welfare, benefit
  5. (plural) goods, property, possessions, assets, wealth, estate

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Volapük[edit]

Noun[edit]

bien (nominative plural biens)

  1. bee

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West Frisian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Frisian bēn, from Proto-Germanic *bainą.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

bien n (plural biennen, diminutive bientsje)

  1. bone
  2. leg

Further reading[edit]

  • bien”, in Wurdboek fan de Fryske taal (in Dutch), 2011