Benedict Definition

bĕnĭ-dĭkt
noun
A newly married man who was previously considered a confirmed bachelor.
American Heritage
A recently married man, esp. one who seemed to be a confirmed bachelor.
Webster's New World
A masculine name: dim. Ben; var. Bennet, Bennett.
Webster's New World
(rare) A newly married man, especially one who was previously a confirmed bachelor.
Wiktionary
Synonyms:
  • Ruth Fulton
  • Ruth Benedict
  • st. benedict
  • Saint Benedict
  • benedick
proper name
(a.d. 480?-543?); It. monk: founder of the Benedictine order: his day is July 11
Webster's New World
(born Prospero Lambertini) 1675-1758; pope (1740-58)
Webster's New World
(born Giacomo della Chiesa) 1854-1922; pope (1914-22)
Webster's New World
(born Joseph Alois Ratzinger) 1927-; pope (2005-13)
Webster's New World
1887-1948; U.S. anthropologist.
Webster's New World
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adjective

(obsolete) Having mild and salubrious qualities.

Wiktionary

Other Word Forms of Benedict

Noun

Singular:
benedict
Plural:
benedicts

Origin of Benedict

  • Latin benedictus, past participle of benedicere (“to bless”). See benison, and compare bennet.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Benedicke (a variant of Benedict), a character in William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, 1598.

    From Wiktionary

  • After Benedick , a character in Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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