[ ben-uh-fish-ee-er-ee, -fish-uh-ree ]
/ 藢b蓻n 蓹藞f瑟蕛 i藢蓻r i, -藞f瑟蕛 蓹 ri /
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noun, plural ben路e路fi路ci路ar路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.
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Origin of beneficiary

1605鈥15; <Latin benefici膩rius, equivalent to benefici(um) benefice + -膩rius-ary

OTHER WORDS FROM beneficiary

pre路ben路e路fi路ci路ar路y, noun, plural pre路ben路e路fi路ci路ar路ies.
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How to use beneficiary in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for beneficiary

/ (藢b蓻n瑟藞f瑟蕛蓹r瑟) /

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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Cultural definitions for beneficiary

[ (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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