Definition of benefactor in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /ˈbenəˌfaktər/


A person who gives money or other help to a person or cause.
Example sentences
  • It would be remiss of me not to recognise the contributions of our benefactors and the support of our social partners.
  • Open to the public and free to attend, the event has been made possible by generous support from club benefactors and sponsors.
  • News that a mystery benefactor has chipped in money to provide City with more time to find a buyer will further boost morale.
patron, supporter, backer, sponsor;
donor, contributor, subscriber
informal angel


Late Middle English: from Latin, from bene facere 'do good (to)' (see benefaction).

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: ben·e·fac·tor

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.