noun, plural ben·e·fi·ci·ar·ies.
- benefit in kind,
- benefit of clergy,
- benefit of the doubt
Origin of beneficiary
noun plural -ciaries
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.