ben·​e·​fac·​tress | \ ˈbe-nə-ˌfak-tris How to pronounce benefactress (audio) \

Definition of benefactress

: a woman who is a benefactor

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Recent Examples on the Web Christian Temperance Union leader Frances Willard and millionaire benefactress Alva Belmont. Lila Thulin, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Thorny Road to the 19th Amendment," 18 Mar. 2020 Ragan had served as benefactress to his predecessor, and her money helped make Rosenberger the youngest House speaker in the nation. Chrissie Thompson,, "FBI visits luxury condo owned by heiress and rented by former Ohio Speaker Rosenberger," 9 June 2018 Looking for an alternative, Batchelder and Ragan – the statesman's longtime friend and benefactress – considered Rosenberger. Jessie Balmert,, "How one GOP heiress influenced the Ohio House – and its leader's demise," 23 Apr. 2018 Leading the festival last weekend was not Jurowski, but the amiable Stéphane Denève, whose longtime friend Wilmington philanthropist Tatiana Copeland was its benefactress. Peter Dobrin,, "Where dwells Rachmaninoff's ghost but in Philadelphia?," 1 May 2017

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First Known Use of benefactress

1711, in the meaning defined above

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“Benefactress.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of benefactress

somewhat old-fashioned : a woman who helps another person, group, etc., by giving money : a female benefactor

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