noun, plural ben·e·fi·ci·ar·ies.
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
1605–15;Related formspre·ben·e·fi·ci·ar·y, noun, plural pre·ben·e·fi·ci·ar·ies.
< Latin beneficiārius,
equivalent to benefici(um
+ -ārius -ary
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British Dictionary definitions for beneficiary's
noun plural -ciaries
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
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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).
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The recipient of funds, property, or other benefits from an insurance policy, will, trust, or other settlement.
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