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[ben-uh-fish-ee-er-ee, -fish-uh-ree] /ˌbɛn əˈfɪʃ iˌɛr i, -ˈfɪʃ ə ri/
noun, plural beneficiaries.
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.
1605-15; < Latin beneficiārius, equivalent to benefici(um) benefice + -ārius -ary
Related forms
prebeneficiary, noun, plural prebeneficiaries. Unabridged
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  • The supposed first-line beneficiaries of this new gas bounty-electric power companies-have their own concerns.
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  • The only people really indirectly paying the tax are your living beneficiaries and they pay it once and once only.
  • In the case of a trust, naming multiple beneficiaries can do the trick as well.
  • Whether or not they would ever have proposed particular programs, beneficiaries soon become comfortable with the status quo.
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  • Which is why the beneficiaries don't know much about their donor's background.
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  • The normal beneficiaries of modestly higher inflation are stocks, commodities and precious metals.
British Dictionary definitions for beneficiaries


noun (pl) -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 assistance: social security beneficiary
of or relating to a benefice or the holder of a benefice
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Word Origin and History for beneficiaries


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
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beneficiaries in Culture
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.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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