What is a benjamin?

One hundred dollar bill

Benjamin is slang for a 100-dollar bill of U.S. currency. People may use it in various contexts when discussing money (especially when boasting about wealth), including online, in texts, and in real life (IRL).

For example, you might see your friend sifting through his wallet and remark, "Whoa! Check out Kevin's benjamins! Dinner's on you tonight!" Or, you might message your friends, "I'm getting paid tomorrow, so I'll bring the benjamins."

Origin of Benjamin

The slang term "benjamin" comes from Benjamin Franklin (a founding father of the U.S.), whose face adorns the $100 bill. The hip-hop community popularized the term in the 1990s, and it was even featured in a movie title (All About the Benjamins 2002 movie).


You got some benjamins I can borrow?
No, do you think I'm made of money?
$100 bill featuring Benjamin Franklin
$100 bill featuring Benjamin Franklin

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Updated September 12, 2023

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