[ben-uh-fak-tris, ben-uh-fak-]


a woman who confers a benefit, bequest, endowment, or the like.

Origin of benefactress

1425–75; late Middle English benefactrice; see benefactor, -ess

Usage note

See -ess. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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