from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Benedict, Ruth Fulton 1887-1948. American anthropologist noted for her study of Native American and Japanese cultures.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A male given name, best known for the sixth-century founder of the Benedictine order.
  • proper n. A patronymic surname.


From Late Latin Benedictus ("blessed, well spoken of"), from Latin benedīcō ("I bless"). (Wiktionary)


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