Definition of bin noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//bɪn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//bɪn//
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  1. 1  a container that you put waste in a rubbish bin see also dustbin, waste bin
  2. 2a large container, usually with a lid, for storing things in a bread bin
  3. Word OriginOld English bin(n), binne, of Celtic origin; related to Welsh ben ‘cart’. The original meaning was ‘container’ in a general sense; also specifically ‘a container for animal food in a stable’ and ‘container for grain, bread, or other foodstuffs’. The sense ‘container for rubbish’ dates from the mid 19th cent.Extra examples Put the bottles in the recycling bin. She threw the letter in the waste-paper bin. All their toys are kept in plastic storage bins under the bed.