Definition of beneficiary in English:


Line breaks: bene|fi¦ciary
Pronunciation: /bɛnɪˈfɪʃ(ə)ri

noun (plural beneficiaries)

A person who derives advantage from something, especially a trust, will, or life insurance policy.
More example sentences
  • Australia would be the beneficiary of a policy it did not have to underwrite.
  • One beneficiary of the trust was Niels Bohr, the Danish atomic physicist who went on to win the Nobel prize.
  • He was supposed to be the beneficiary of a trust fund left by his mother when she died in 1983.


early 17th century: from Latin beneficiarius, from beneficium (see benefice).

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