American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A position or office that requires little or no work but provides a salary.
- n. Archaic An ecclesiastical benefice not attached to the spiritual duties of a parish.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An ecclesiastical benefice without cure of souls. In England these exist
- n. Hence Any office or position giving profitable returns without requiring work.
- Free from exaction; profitable without requiring labor; sinecural.
- To place in a sinecure.
- n. A position that requires no work but still gives an ample payment; a cushy job.
- v. transitive To put or place in a sinecure.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. An ecclesiastical benefice without the care of souls.
- n. Any office or position which requires or involves little or no responsibility, labor, or active service.
- v. To put or place in a sinecure.
- n. an office that involves minimal duties
- n. a benefice to which no spiritual or pastoral duties are attached
- From Latin sine ("without") + cūrā ("care") in beneficium sine cūrā ("benefice without care"). (Wiktionary)
- From Medieval Latin (beneficium) sine cūrā, (benefice) without cure (of souls) : Latin sine, without + Latin cūrā, ablative of cūra, care; see cure. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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