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noun (1)

ben·​e·​dict ˈbe-nə-ˌdikt How to pronounce benedict (audio)
: a newly married man who has long been a bachelor


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variants or less commonly benedict
plural Benedicts also benedicts
: eggs Benedict or a variation on eggs Benedict made with one or more different ingredients
Its specialty is eggs, ranging from omelets, frittatas and Benedicts, to fried and poached.The New York Times
On the menu: For breakfast and brunch, sweet and savory crepes, five varieties of benedicts … and four kinds of French toast.Shonda Talerico Dudlicek
… the nearly 100 recipes—one for a baked oyster and wild mushroom casserole, one for oysters with pancetta and leeks, one for oysters BenedictPeggy Brawley

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Fire on the Mountain will serve breakfast favorites like eggs, omelets, pancakes, eggs benedict and French toast, as well as barbecue dishes. Susan Dunne, Hartford Courant, 7 Dec. 2022 The family-friendly restaurant has a casual atmosphere and boasts a range of tasty options, including its Nashville hot chicken benedict served with cayenne citrus hollandaise, pickled onion, maple syrup and a choice of grits or potatoes. Gabi De La Rosa, Chron, 8 Apr. 2023 David led the kitchen and Mary oversaw the bakery, making all breads and baked goods from scratch, including English muffins for the eggs benedict. Elena Kadvany, San Francisco Chronicle, 22 Apr. 2021 Main courses include artful, appetizing options like soft shell crab benedict and tagliatelle with kale pesto, and for a sweet ending, try the banana frozen parfait with rum caramel. Joanna O'leary, Chron, 4 May 2021 The restaurant will be open from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Ocean Prime 8555 N. River Road, Indianapolis, 317-569-0975, Diners can choose from a special Easter brunch menu (lobster toast; crabcake eggs benedict; short rib and lobster combo) and its regular dinner menu for the holiday. Cheryl V. Jackson, The Indianapolis Star, 5 Apr. 2023 Breakfast includes classics like French toast, eggs benedict and pancakes, while the lunch menu offers avocado toast, burgers and chicken salad. Katie Friel, Chron, 26 Jan. 2023 Along with breakfast combos with 8-ounce ribeyes and slow-roasted pork belly, the menu will feature french toast casserole and eight types of eggs benedict (salmon, Cajun shrimp). Phillip Valys, Sun Sentinel, 30 Sep. 2022 Find steak and egg bowls, grilled salmon benedict and shrimp and grits among on the brunch menu. Bahar Anooshahr, The Arizona Republic, 12 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History


Noun (1)

alteration of Benedick, character in Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing

First Known Use

Noun (1)

1821, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1984, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of benedict was in 1821


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Cite this Entry

“Benedict.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 2023.

Biographical Definition

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biographical name (1)

Ben·​e·​dict ˈbe-nə-ˌdikt How to pronounce Benedict (audio)
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 Ratzinger
) 1927–2022 (pope 2005–13)


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biographical name (2)

Ruth 1887–1948 née Fulton American anthropologist

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