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[ben-i-dik-tin, -teen, -tahyn for 1, 3; ben-i-dik-teen for 2]
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  1. 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.
  2. a French liqueur originally made by Benedictine monks.
  1. of or relating to St. Benedict or the Benedictines.

Origin of Benedictine

1620–30; St. Benedict + -ine1
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  1. (ˌbɛnɪˈdɪktɪn, -taɪn) a monk or nun who is a member of a Christian religious community founded by or following the rule of Saint Benedict
  2. (ˌbɛnɪˈdɪktiːn) a greenish-yellow liqueur made from a secret formula developed at the Benedictine monastery at Fécamp in France in about 1510
  1. (ˌbɛnɪˈdɪktɪn, -taɪn) of or relating to Saint Benedict, his order, or his rule
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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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