• (British) IPA: /ˌbɛn.ɪˈfɪʃ.əɹ.i/, /ˌbɛn.əˈfɪʃ.əɹ.i/
  • (America) IPA: /ˌbɛn.ɨˈfɪʃ.ɚ.i/, /bɛn.əˈfɪʃ.iˌɚ.i/

beneficiary (plural beneficiaries)

  1. One who benefits or receives an advantage.
    You are the lucky beneficiary of this special offer.
  2. (legal) One who benefits from the distribution, especially of an estate.
    If any beneficiary does not survive the Settlor for a period of 30 days then the Trustee shall distribute that beneficiary’s share to the surviving beneficiaries by right of representation.
  3. (insurance) One who benefits from the payout of an insurance policy.
Related terms Translations
  • German: Begünstigter, Nutznießer, Nutzenzieher, Vorteilsnehmer
Translations Adjective

beneficiary (not comparable)

  1. Holding some office or valuable possession, in subordination to another; holding under a feudal or other superior; having a dependent and secondary possession.
    • 1623, Francis Bacon, A Discourse of a War with Spain
      a feudatory or beneficiary king of England
  2. Bestowed as a gratuity.
    beneficiary gifts

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