- 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
- 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.