- the youngest son of Jacob and Rachel, and the brother of Joseph. Gen. 35:18.
- one of the 12 tribes of ancient Israel traditionally descended from him.
- Asher,1773–1845, U.S. architect and writer.
- Judah Philip,1811–84, Confederate statesman.
- a male given name: from a Hebrew word meaning “son of the right.”
- Old Testament
- the youngest and best-loved son of Jacob and Rachel (Genesis 35:16–18; 42:4)
- the tribe descended from this patriarch
- the territory of this tribe, northwest of the Dead Sea
- archaic a youngest and favourite son
- Arthur . 1893–1960, Australian composer. In addition to Jamaican Rumba (1938), he wrote five operas and a harmonica concerto (1953)
- (German ˈbɛnɪamin) Walter (ˈvaltər). 1892–1940, German critic and cultural theorist
masc. proper name, in Old Testament, Jacob’s youngest son (Gen. xxxv:18), from Hebrew Binyamin, literally “son of the south,” though interpreted in Genesis as “son of the right hand,” from ben “son of” + yamin “right hand,” also “south” (in an East-oriented culture). Cf. Arabic cognate yaman “right hand, right side, south;” yamana “he was happy,” literally “he turned to the right.” The right was regarded as auspicious (see left and dexterity). Also see Yemen, southpaw, and cf. deasil “rightwise, turned toward the right,” from Gaelic deiseil “toward the south; toward the right,” from deas “right, right-hand; south.” Also cf. Sanskrit dakshina “right; south.” Slang meaning “money” (by 1999) is from portrait of Benjamin Franklin on U.S. $100 bill.