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ben·e·fi·ci·ar·y  audio  (bn-fsh-r, -fsh-r) KEY 

NOUN:
pl. ben·e·fi·ci·ar·ies
  1. One that receives a benefit: I am the beneficiary of your generosity.
  2. The recipient of funds, property, or other benefits, as from an insurance policy or will.
  3. Ecclesiastical The holder of a benefice.

ETYMOLOGY:
Medieval Latin beneficirius, holder of a feudal benefice, from Latin, soldier granted privileges, from beneficium, benefit ; see benefice

OTHER FORMS:
bene·fici·ary(Adjective)


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