Definition of “bean” - English Dictionary

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“bean” in British English

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beannoun [ C ]

uk /biːn/ us /biːn/

A1 a seed, or the pod containing seeds, of various climbing plants, eaten as a vegetable:

green beans
kidney beans
baked beans
Coffee beans are the bean-like seeds of the coffee tree.

More examples

  • The villagers cultivate mostly maize and beans.
  • The beans will only germinate if the temperature is warm enough.
  • Cut the beans in half lengthways.
  • I'm having beans on toast for supper.
  • Vegans get all the protein they need from nuts, seeds, beans and cereals.

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(Definition of “bean” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“bean” in American English

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beannoun [ C ]

us /bin/

a seed, or the pod (= seed container) of various plants, eaten as a vegetable:

string beans

(Definition of “bean” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)