benefice

noun
ben·​e·​fice | \ˈbe-nə-fəs \

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about benefice

Statistics for benefice

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for benefice

The first known use of benefice was in the 14th century

See more words from the same century

More from Merriam-Webster on benefice

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about benefice

Comments on benefice

What made you want to look up benefice? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to enclose within walls

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Late Autumn 2018 Words of the Day Quiz

  • frosted-autumn-leaves
  • Which is a synonym of yahoo?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!