[ ben-uh-fish-ee-er-ee, -fish-uh-ree ]
/ ˌbɛn əˈfɪʃ iˌɛr i, -ˈfɪʃ ə ri /

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.

Nearby words

  1. benefice,
  2. beneficence,
  3. beneficent,
  4. beneficial,
  5. beneficially,
  6. beneficiate,
  7. benefit,
  8. benefit in kind,
  9. benefit of clergy,
  10. benefit of the doubt

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. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for beneficiary's


/ (ˌbɛnɪˈfɪʃərɪ) /

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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture definitions for beneficiary's


[ (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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