noun, plural ben·e·fi·ci·ar·ies.
- a person or group that receives benefits, profits, or advantages.
- a person designated as the recipient of funds or other property under a will, trust, insurance policy, etc.
- Ecclesiastical. the holder of a benefice.
noun plural -ciaries
- a person who gains or benefits in some way from something
- law a person entitled to receive funds or other property under a trust, will, or insurance policy
- the holder of an ecclesiastical or other benefice
- NZ a person who receives government assistancesocial security beneficiary
- of or relating to a benefice or the holder of a benefice
1610s (n.), 1620s (adj.), probably via French bénéficiaire, from Latin beneficiarius “enjoying a favor, privileged,” from beneficium (see benefice).
The recipient of funds, property, or other benefits from an insurance policy, will, trust, or other settlement.