[ben-uh-fak-ter, ben-uh-fak-]


a person who confers a benefit; kindly helper.
a person who makes a bequest or endowment, as to an institution.

Nearby words

  1. benedictory,
  2. benedictus,
  3. benef.,
  4. benefaction,
  5. benefactive,
  6. benefactress,
  7. benefactrix,
  8. benefic,
  9. benefice,
  10. beneficence

Origin of benefactor

1425–75; late Middle English benefactour < Late Latin; see bene-, factor Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for benefactor



a person who supports or helps a person, institution, etc, esp by giving money; patron
Derived Formsbenefactress, fem n

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Word Origin and History for benefactor



mid-15c., from Late Latin benefactor, from Latin phrase bene facere, from bene "well" (see bene-) + facere "to do" (see factitious). Translated in Old English as wel-doend.

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