benedict

[ ben-i-dikt ]
/ ˈbɛn ɪ dɪkt /

noun

a newly married man, especially one who has been long a bachelor.

Origin of benedict

1820–25; erroneous assimilation of Benedick to a more familiar name

Definition for benedict (2 of 16)

Benedict

[ ben-i-dikt ]
/ ˈbɛn ɪ dɪkt /

noun

Ruth (Fulton),1887–1948, U.S. writer and anthropologist.
Saint,a.d. 480?–543?, Italian monk: founded Benedictine order.
Stanley Ros·si·ter [ros-i-ter] /ˈrɒs ɪ tər/, 1884–1936, U.S. biochemist.
a male given name: from a Latin word meaning “blessed.”

Definition for benedict (3 of 16)

Benedict I


noun

died a.d. 579, pope 575–79.

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Benedict II


noun

Saint,died a.d. 685, pope 684–85.

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Benedict III


noun

died a.d. 858, pope 855–58.

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Benedict IV


noun

died a.d. 903, pope 900–03.

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Benedict V


noun

died a.d. 966, pope 964.

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Benedict VI


noun

died a.d. 974, pope 973–74.

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Benedict VII


noun

died a.d. 983, pope 974–83.

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Benedict VIII


noun

died 1024, pope 1012–24.

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Benedict IX


noun

died 1056?, pope 1032–44; 1045; 1047–48.

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Benedict XI


noun

Niccolò Boccasini, 1240–1304, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1303–04.

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Benedict XII


noun

Jacques Fournier, died 1342, French ecclesiastic: pope 1334–42.

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Benedict XIII


noun

Pietro Francesco Orsini, 1649–1730, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1724–30.

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Benedict XIV


noun

Prospero Lambertini, 1675–1758, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1740–58; scholar and patron of the arts.

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Benedict XV


noun

Giacomo della Chiesa, 1854–1922, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 1914–22.
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British Dictionary definitions for benedict (1 of 2)

Benedict

/ (ˈbɛnɪˌdɪkt) /

noun

Saint . ?480–?547 ad, Italian monk: founded the Benedictine order at Monte Cassino in Italy in about 540 ad . His Regula Monachorum became the basis of the rule of all Western Christian monastic orders. Feast day: July 11 or March 14

British Dictionary definitions for benedict (2 of 2)

Benedict XV


noun

original name Giacomo della Chiesa . 1854–1922, pope (1914–22); noted for his repeated attempts to end World War I and for his organization of war relief
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Word Origin and History for benedict

benedict


n.

"newly married man" (especially one who had seemed a confirmed bachelor), 1821, from the character Benedick in "Much Ado About Nothing" (1599). The name is from Late Latin Benedictus, literally "blessed," from Latin benedicte "bless (you)" (see benediction). This also produced the proper name Bennet; hence also benet (late 14c.), the third of the four lesser orders of the Roman Catholic Church, one of whose functions was to exorcize spirits.

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