Definition of benedict
: a newly married man who has long been a bachelor
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Breakfast options appeal to both light and hearty eaters; options vary from breakfast burritos and Benedicts to traditional house favorites such as biscuits and gravy, Hayden's salmon scramble, Challah French toast and more.
Price range: Breakfast from $10.95 to $26 for crepes, benedicts, omelettes, French toast, skillets, hors d'oeuvres, casse-croutes and salads.
The eggs benedicts can be prepared traditionally or Florentine style.
Menu items included blue crab and grits, Kentucky ham benedict, black pepper biscuits and more.
The buffet will feature an omelette station, carving station, raw bar, salads, soups, pastas, French toast, benedicts, eggs, sausage and parfaits.
Yet one London restaurant promises to make the weekend dining ritual—one more commonly associated with eggs benedict and mimosas—just that.
Entree selections include chicken and white cheddar waffles, eggs benedict with truffle hollandaise, El Cubano sandwich, churrasco with yucca fries.
Expect sprawling smoked salmon platters, eggs benedict in single serving cast iron pans, and rows of fresh pastries.
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Did You Know?
Benedick is the chief male character in Shakespeare’s play Much Ado About Nothing. Throughout the play, both Benedick and his female counterpart Beatrice exchange barbed comments and profess to detest the very idea of marriage, but the story eventually culminates in their marriage to each other. As a result, Benedick's name came to be applied to men who marry later in life. The spelling was changed to benedict, possibly by association with a use of benedict meaning "bachelor" (although the evidence for this use is scant). Some early 20th-century usage commentators regarded the respelling as incorrect with regard to the etymology, but benedict has become the established spelling nevertheless. These days "benedict" is fairly uncommon and most typically encountered in historical sources and references.
Origin and Etymology of benedict
alteration of Benedick, character in Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing
First Known Use: 1821See Words from the same year
Definition of Benedict
name of 16 popes: especially XIV (Prospero Lambertini) 1675–1758 (pope 1740–58); XV (Giacomo della Chiesa) 1854–1922 (pope 1914–22); XVI (Joseph Alois Ratz*ing*er\ˈrät-siŋ-ər\ ) 1927– (pope 2005–13)
Definition of Benedict
Ruth 1887–1948 née Fulton American anthropologist
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