[ ben-uh-fak-tris, ben-uh-fak- ]
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  1. a woman who confers a benefit, bequest, endowment, or the like.

Origin of benefactress

First recorded in 1425–75; late Middle English benefactrice; benefactor + -ess

usage note For benefactress

What's the difference between benefactress and benefactor? See -ess.

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

How to use benefactress in a sentence

  • I rejoiced for my benefactress, I rejoiced for the tender and affectionate Edith.

    Ernest Linwood | Caroline Lee Hentz