[ ben-i-dik-tin, -teen, -tahyn for 1, 3; ben-i-dik-teen for 2 ]

  1. Roman Catholic Church.

    • a member of an order of monks founded at Monte Cassino by St. Benedict about a.d. 530.

    • 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 a French liqueur originally made by Benedictine monks.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

Words Nearby Benedictine Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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British Dictionary definitions for Benedictine


  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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