Definitions

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  • n. A recently married man, especially one who has long held out against marriage.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See benedict.

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

  • n. a newly married man (especially one who has long been a bachelor)

Etymologies

From the character in Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The bachelor and the spinster both sometimes wonder that the benedick and the bride are still their rivals; for they know not that

    Hints for Lovers

  • (a newlywed in Much Ado About Nothing), spelled benedict or benedick, is a ` newly married man, in particular, one who had a long bachelorhood. '

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol XIII No 3

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