Definitions

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

  • n. One that gives aid, especially financial aid.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Somebody who gives one a gift. Usually refers to someone who gives money to a charity or another form of organization.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who confers a benefit or benefits.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Literally, a well-doer; one who does good.
  • n. One who confers a benefit; a kindly helper: as, “the great benefactor of mankind,”
  • n. One who makes a benefaction to or endows a charitable or other institution; one who makes a bequest.

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

  • n. a person who helps people or institutions (especially with financial help)

Etymologies

Middle English, from Late Latin, from Latin benefacere, to do a service; see benefaction.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin benefactor ("he who bestows a favor"), from benefaciō ("benefit someone"), from bene ("good") + faciō ("do, make"). (Wiktionary)

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