from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Ecclesiastical A church office endowed with fixed capital assets that provide a living.
- n. Ecclesiastical The revenue from such assets.
- n. A landed estate granted in feudal tenure.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Land granted to a priest in a church that has a source of income attached to it.
- v. To bestow a benefice upon
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A favor or benefit.
- n. An estate in lands; a fief.
- n. An ecclesiastical living and church preferment, as in the Church of England; a church endowed with a revenue for the maintenance of divine service. See Advowson.
- transitive v. To endow with a benefice.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In feudal law, originally, a fee or an estate in lands granted for life only, and held ex mero beneficio (on the mere good pleasure) of the donor.
- n. An ecclesiastical living; a church office endowed with a revenue for its proper fulfilment; the revenue itself.
- n. Benefit.
- To endow or invest with a benefice.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an endowed church office giving income to its holder
- v. endow with a benefice
Middle English, from Old French, from Latin beneficium, benefit, from beneficus, benefic; see benefic.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French benefice, from Latin beneficium. (Wiktionary)