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Definition of "beneficiary" []

  • One that receives a benefit: I am the beneficiary of your generosity. (noun)
  • The recipient of funds, property, or other benefits, as from an insurance policy or will. (noun)
  • Ecclesiastical The holder of a benefice. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "beneficiary" in a sentence
  • "Tobits denied she ever signed the designation beneficiary form, according to court documents."
  • "But the beneficiary is the subject of compulsion as well."
  • "Finally, this was the first film festival at which I saw two films with scenes of assisted urination: one was I Don't Want To Sleep Alone; the other was Okamoto's Nikudan, in which the beneficiary is a kindly, armless used-book seller played by Chishu Ryu."