Definition of beneficiary noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌbenɪˈfɪʃəri//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌbenɪˈfɪʃieri//
    (pl. beneficiaries)
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  1. 1beneficiary (of something) a person who gains as a result of something Who will be the main beneficiary of the cuts in income tax?
  2. 2beneficiary (of something) a person who receives money or property when somebody dies She was the sole beneficiary of her father’s will.
  3. Word Originearly 17th cent.: from Latin beneficiarius, from beneficium ‘favour, support’, from bene ‘well’ + facere ‘do’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: beneficiary