Benefice meaning

bĕnə-fĭs
A landed estate granted in feudal tenure.
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An endowed church office providing a living for a vicar, rector, etc.
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To provide with a benefice.
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Land granted to a priest in a church that has a source of income attached to it.
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(feudal law) An estate in lands; a fief.
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Land held by a feudal tenant for services rendered the owner.
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Its income.
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To bestow a benefice upon.
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Origin of benefice

  • Middle English from Old French from Latin beneficium benefit from beneficus benefic benefic

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

  • From Old French benefice, from Latin beneficium.

    From Wiktionary