benefactor

[ ben-uh-fak-ter, ben-uh-fak- ]
/ ˈbɛn əˌfæk tər, ˌbɛn əˈfæk- /

noun

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

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Origin of benefactor

1425–75; late Middle English benefactour<Late Latin; see bene-, factor
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British Dictionary definitions for benefactor

benefactor
/ (ˈbɛnɪˌfæktə, ˌbɛnɪˈfæk-) /

noun

a person who supports or helps a person, institution, etc, esp by giving money; patron

Derived forms of benefactor

benefactress, fem n
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