Benefice Definition

bĕnə-fĭs
beneficed, benefices, beneficing
noun
benefices
A church office endowed with fixed capital assets that provide a living.
American Heritage
Land held by a feudal tenant for services rendered the owner.
Webster's New World
The revenue from such assets.
American Heritage
An endowed church office providing a living for a vicar, rector, etc.
Webster's New World
A landed estate granted in feudal tenure.
American Heritage
Synonyms:
  • ecclesiastical benefice
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verb
beneficed, benefices
To provide with a benefice.
Webster's New World

To bestow a benefice upon.

Wiktionary

Other Word Forms of Benefice

Noun

Singular:
benefice
Plural:
benefices, benifices

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

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