- A bean cultivated and used for food.
- In Mexico, the southwestern United States, and the West Indies, any cultivated bean of the genus Phaseolus, esp. the black seed of a variety of <spn>P. vulgaris</spn>.
- The beanlike seed of any of several related plants, as the cowpea. Frijoles are an important article of diet among Spanish-American peoples, being used as an ingredient of many dishes.
- the common bean plant grown for the beans rather than the pods (especially a variety with large red kidney-shaped beans)