Definitions

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

  • n. A newly married man who was previously considered a confirmed bachelor.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having mild and salubrious qualities.
  • n. A newly married man, especially one who was previously a confirmed bachelor.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having mild and salubrious qualities.
  • n. A married man, or a man newly married.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Blessed; benign; salutary; especially, in medicine, having mild and salubrious qualities: as, “medicines that are benedict,”
  • n. A sportive name for a newly married man, especially one who has been long a bachelor, or who has been in the habit of ridiculing marriage.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. Italian monk who founded the Benedictine order about 540 (480-547)
  • n. United States anthropologist (1887-1948)
  • n. a newly married man (especially one who has long been a bachelor)

Etymologies

After Benedick, a character in Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Benedicke (a variant of Benedict), a character in William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, 1598. (Wiktionary)
Latin benedictus, past participle of benedicere ("to bless"). See benison, and compare bennet. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • (Did you know their eggs benedict is short of terrible when there's no other option?)

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  • The next day, sun shining and hair straight, I sat down with the prolific artist as he ate pancakes and eggs benedict, and ruminated over hip hop legacy in the American cultural paradigm.

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  • The crawfish benedict ($15) is popular at brunch, as is the 8-inch farmhouse "pan" cake ($13).

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  • Ramsay de Give for The Wall Street Journal Dulce de leche French toast The spicy tuna eggs benedict $21 features poached eggs with avocado, tuna and seaweed hollandaise.

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  • The "Jewels on Toast" offerings translate to eggs benedict ($10) and whipped ricotta ($10, with grilled pears, honey, basil and chile) versions for brunch.

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  • Classic brunch dishes include eggs benedict $12, featuring perfectly poached eggs served on a thin layer of braised pork belly.

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  • I shall have become a Doctor of Social Sciences (and candidate for numerous other things), I shall also become a benedict.

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  • For these zombies must eat, and it's not brains they're after: it's eggs benedict.

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  • More Map: New York City Food Guide The evolving menu has included shrimp and grits ($9) and Queens Comfort's twist on eggs benedict, which includes a crab cake ($8).

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  • On Saturday, he'll join forces with bassist Jay Leonhart and guitarist Joe Cohn in what promises to be a marvelous trio at the aforementioned Jazzfest in Morristown, N.J. And on Sunday, he'll bring his marvelous quartet to the Blue Note brunch; the only danger is that you'll be so excited by his exuberant playing that your eggs benedict will go flying.

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