- land held by a feudal tenant for services rendered the owner
- an endowed church office providing a living for a vicar, rector, etc.
- its income
Origin of beneficeMiddle English from Old French from Medieval Latin beneficium from L, a kindness, service, promotion from benefic
transitive verb-·ficed, -·fic·ing
- Ecclesiastical a. A church office endowed with fixed capital assets that provide a living.b. The revenue from such assets.
- A landed estate granted in feudal tenure.
Origin of beneficeMiddle English from Old French from Latin beneficium benefit from beneficus benefic ; see benefic .
(third-person singular simple present benefices, present participle beneficing, simple past and past participle beneficed)
- To bestow a benefice upon
From Old French benefice, from Latin beneficium.