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[ben-i-dik-tin, -teen, -tahyn for 1, 3; ben-i-dik-teen for 2] /ˌbɛn ɪˈdɪk tɪn, -tin, -taɪn for 1, 3; ˌbɛn ɪˈdɪk tin for 2/
Roman Catholic Church.
  1. a member of an order of monks founded at Monte Cassino by St. Benedict about a.d. 530.
  2. a member of any congregation of nuns following the rule of St. Benedict.
a French liqueur originally made by Benedictine monks.
of or relating to St. Benedict or the Benedictines.
Origin of Benedictine
1620-30; St. Benedict + -ine1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • In old times a curious ceremony used to take place in this church, which belonged to the Convent of Benedictine nuns.

    The Cathedral Builders Leader Scott
  • Then Durtal was able to think over his Sundays at the Benedictine nuns.

    En Route J.-K. (Joris-Karl) Huysmans
  • Sydney opened communication anonymously with the Benedictine community at Sandyseal.

    The Evil Genius Wilkie Collins
  • He recommended a "teeny" glass of Benedictine, a bottle of which was kept ready.

  • He had been brought up in a Roman Catholic seminary, and was destined to become a Benedictine monk.

    Under False Pretences Adeline Sergeant
  • Argument, even the temporary absence of Benedictine, had been unavailing.

British Dictionary definitions for Benedictine


(ˌbɛnɪˈdɪktɪn; -taɪn). a monk or nun who is a member of a Christian religious community founded by or following the rule of Saint Benedict
(ˌbɛnɪˈdɪktiːn). a greenish-yellow liqueur made from a secret formula developed at the Benedictine monastery at Fécamp in France in about 1510
(ˌbɛnɪˈdɪktɪn; -taɪn). of or relating to Saint Benedict, his order, or his rule
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Benedictine

c.1600, "one of the order known from the color of its dress as the Black Monks," founded c.529 by St. Benedict (see benedict).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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