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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Definitions for benedict

  1. a newly married man, especially one who has been long a bachelor.

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Citations for benedict
It had, when I first went to town, just become the fashion for young men of fortune to keep house, and to give their bachelor establishments the importance hitherto reserved for the household of a Benedict. Edward Bulwer-Lytton, Devereux, 1829
"Why are you so anxious for all England to be informed that you are a Benedict?" I enquired scornfully. Alan Dale, A Marriage Below Zero, 1889
Origin of benedict
1820-1825
Benedict is a familiar correction of Benedick (Benedicke), the former confirmed bachelor newly married in Shakespeare’s Much Ado about Nothing (1600). Benedict as a common noun entered English in the 19th century.