Definition of but and ben in English:

but and ben

phrase

Scottish
  • A two-roomed cottage; a humble home.

    • ‘This is a Scottish holiday very much as it would have been 50 years ago, when the Broons left their tenement in Glebe Street for a two-room but and ben in an anonymous glen.’
    • ‘The denizens of Barclay House - that's our wee but and ben in Edinburgh - were given a pantomime for light relief yesterday morning when a parking attendant dared to stick a ticket on the Scotland bus.’
    • ‘He has not risen from his class, but is a miner, first, last and always, living in a "but-and-ben" stone-flagged cottage in the uplands of Lanarkshire.’
    • ‘To others it is a one-bedroom but and ben with a corrugated iron roof.’
    • ‘In the summer and autumn of 1757 Burnes began building a but and ben (two-roomed cottage) on the nursery land at Alloway.’