Saint Boniface


[bon-uh-feys, -fis; for 4 also French baw-nee-fas]
  1. SaintWynfrith, a.d. 680?–755?, English monk who became a missionary in Germany.
  2. a jovial innkeeper in George Farquhar's The Beaux' Stratagem.
  3. (lowercase) any landlord or innkeeper.
  4. a male given name: from a Latin word meaning “doer of good.”

Boniface I

  1. Saint,died a.d. 422, pope 418–422.

Boniface IV

  1. Saint, pope a.d. 608–615. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for saint boniface


  1. Saint . original name Wynfrith . ?680–?755 ad, Anglo-Saxon missionary: archbishop of Mainz (746–755). Feast day: June 5
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Word Origin and History for saint boniface


"innkeeper," from Will Boniface, character in George Farquhar's comedy "The Beaux' Stratagem" (1707).

Contrary to the common opinion, this name derives not from Latin bonifacius 'well-doer,' but from bonifatius, from bonum 'good' and fatum 'fate.' The change to Bonifacius was due to pronunciation and from this was deduced a false etymology. Bonifatius is frequent on Latin inscriptions. Bonifacius is found only twice and these late (Thesaurus) ["Dictionary of English Surnames"]
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