benefice

noun
ben·​e·​fice | \ ˈbe-nə-fəs How to pronounce benefice (audio) \

Definition of benefice

1 : an ecclesiastical office to which the revenue from an endowment is attached
2 : a feudal estate in lands : fief

Other Words from benefice

benefice transitive verb

First Known Use of benefice

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for benefice

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin beneficium, from Latin, favor, promotion, from beneficus

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“Benefice.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/benefice. Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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