Saint. ?480--?547 ad, Italian monk: founded the Benedictine order at Monte Cassino in Italy in about 540 ad. His Regula Monachorum became the basis of the rule of all Western Christian monastic orders. Feast day: July 11 or March 14
"newly married man" (especially one who had seemed a confirmed bachelor), 1821, from the character Benedick in "Much Ado About Nothing" (1599). The name is from L.L. Benedictus, lit. "blessed," from L. benedicte "bless (you)" (see benediction). This also produced the
proper name Bennet; hence also benet (late 14c.), the third of the four lesser orders of the Roman Catholic Church, one of whose functions was to exorcize spirits.