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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.
Origin of beneficiary
1605-15; < Latin beneficiārius, equivalent to benefici(um) benefice + -ārius -ary
Related forms
prebeneficiary, noun, plural prebeneficiaries. Unabridged
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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 beneficiary

1610s (n.), 1620s (adj.), probably via French bénéficiaire, from Latin beneficiarius "enjoying a favor, privileged," from beneficium (see benefice).

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beneficiary 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.

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