[ben-uh-fish-ee-er-ee, -fish-uh-ree]
noun, plural ben·e·fi·ci·ar·ies.
  1. a person or group that receives benefits, profits, or advantages.
  2. a person designated as the recipient of funds or other property under a will, trust, insurance policy, etc.
  3. Ecclesiastical. the holder of a benefice.

Origin of beneficiary

1605–15; < Latin beneficiārius, equivalent to benefici(um) benefice + -ārius -ary
Related formspre·ben·e·fi·ci·ar·y, noun, plural pre·ben·e·fi·ci·ar·ies. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for beneficiary's


noun plural -ciaries
  1. a person who gains or benefits in some way from something
  2. law a person entitled to receive funds or other property under a trust, will, or insurance policy
  3. the holder of an ecclesiastical or other benefice
  4. NZ a person who receives government assistancesocial security beneficiary
  1. of or relating to a benefice or the holder of a benefice
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Word Origin and History for beneficiary's


1610s (n.), 1620s (adj.), probably via French bénéficiaire, from Latin beneficiarius "enjoying a favor, privileged," from beneficium (see benefice).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

beneficiary's in Culture


[(ben-uh-fish-ee-er-ee, ben-uh-fish-uh-ree)]

The recipient of funds, property, or other benefits from an insurance policy, will, trust, or other settlement.

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