Pronunciation: (ben"u-fish'ē-er"ē, -fish'u-rē), [key]
1. a person or group that receives benefits, profits, or advantages.
2. a person designated as the recipient of funds or other property under a will, trust, insurance policy, etc.
3. Eccles.the holder of a benefice.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.