- a person or group that receives benefits, profits, or advantages.
- a person designated as the recipient of funds or other property under a will, trust, insurance policy, etc.
- Ecclesiastical. the holder of a benefice.
Origin of beneficiary
Examples from the Web for beneficiary
McDonnell was poised to be the beneficiary of a bidding war among the biggest law firms.Tough-Guy Pols Let Wives Take the Fall, Maureen McDonnell Edition
August 26, 2014
In 2014, Facebook has become an avatar, promoter, and beneficiary of the social media-related bubble.Silicon Valley Thinks You’re a Fool
April 2, 2014
Clinton knows something about comebacks, and if Obama can recover, Hillary is the beneficiary.The Dance of Bubba and Obama—and How It Helps Hillary
November 20, 2013
Smith is the beneficiary of an online poll the Club for Growth launched at the website primarymycongressman.com.RINO Hunting Season Opens in Earnest With End of Shutdown Drama
October 23, 2013
Molex has been a beneficiary of the boom in electronics and device manufacturing that has been led in part by Apple.Get Ready to Support the Kochs, Liberal Apple Fans
September 10, 2013
Why, then, should privileges be conceded to one beneficiary which are denied to all others?The Railroad Question
And to give help you must, first of all, ‘inquire within’—within your beneficiary.Dr. Sevier
George W. Cable
It did not intoxicate, but still further sobered, the beneficiary.The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte
William Milligan Sloane
The beneficiary was also to carry the sick man to a doctor and to pay all of his debts.Medicine in Virginia, 1607-1699
Thomas P. Hughes
And at last a third newspaper announced the name of the beneficiary of the playH.Old Mole
- a person who gains or benefits in some way from something
- law a person entitled to receive funds or other property under a trust, will, or insurance policy
- the holder of an ecclesiastical or other benefice
- NZ a person who receives government assistancesocial security beneficiary
- of or relating to a benefice or the holder of a benefice
Word Origin and History for beneficiary
1610s (n.), 1620s (adj.), probably via French bénéficiaire, from Latin beneficiarius "enjoying a favor, privileged," from beneficium (see benefice).
The recipient of funds, property, or other benefits from an insurance policy, will, trust, or other settlement.