What does Benedict mean?

Definitions for Benedict
ˈbɛn ɪ dɪktbene·dict

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Benedict, Ruth Benedict, Ruth Fultonnoun

    United States anthropologist (1887-1948)

  2. Benedict, Saint Benedict, St. Benedictnoun

    Italian monk who founded the Benedictine order about 540 (480-547)

  3. benedick, benedictnoun

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


  1. benedictnoun

    A newly married man, especially one who was previously a confirmed bachelor.

  2. Benedictnoun

    A male given name from Latin, particularly of the sixth-century founder of the Benedictine order, and of several popes.

  3. Benedictnoun

    A patronymic surname.

  4. Benedictnoun

    A city and village in Kansas.

  5. Benedictnoun

    A census-designated place in Maryland.

  6. Benedictnoun

    A village in Nebraska.

  7. Benedictnoun

    A city and village in North Dakota.

  8. Etymology: Sense "newly married man" from Benedicke (a variant of Benedict), a character in William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, 1598.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Benedictadjective

    Having mild and salubrious qualities: an old physical term.

    Etymology: benedictus, Lat.

    It is not a small thing won in physick, if you can make rhubarb, and other medicines that are benedict, as strong purgers as those that are not without some malignity. Francis Bacon, N. Hist.


  1. benedict

    Benedict is a common term used to refer to a man who has recently become a husband or is newly married. The term is derived from a play by William Shakespeare, "Much Ado About Nothing," in which the main character, Benedict, abandons his bachelor lifestyle to marry. Additionally, it could refer to a popular breakfast dish, Eggs Benedict. Note: If searching for a religious context, Saint Benedict was an Italian monk who is the patron saint of Europe and students. He established the Rule of Saint Benedict, a set of rules for monastic life in the Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Church. He is recognized as the founder of Western monasticism.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Benedictnoun

    alt. of Benedick

  2. Benedictadjective

    having mild and salubrious qualities


  1. Benedict

    Benedict is a small unincorporated town and census-designated place in Charles County, Maryland, United States located on the Patuxent River in southern Maryland. As of the 2010 census, it had a population of 261.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Benedict

    ben′e-dikt, n. a common name for a newly married man, esp. a bachelor who has long held out against marriage, but at last succumbed—from Benedick in Shakespeare's Much Ado about Nothing.—adj. blessed: benign.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Benedict

    the name of fourteen popes: B. I., from 574 to 575; B. II., from 684 to 685; B. III., from 855 to 858; B. IV., from 900 to 907; B. V., from 964 to 965; B. VI., from 972 to 974; B. VII., from 975 to 984; B. VIII., from 1012 to 1024; extended the territory of the Church by conquest, and effected certain clerical reforms; B. IX., from 1033 to 1048, a licentious man, and deposed; B. X., from 1058 to 1059; B. XI., from 1303 to 1304; B. XII., from 1334 to 1342; B. XIII., from 1724 to 1730; B. XIV., from 1740 to 1758. Of all the popes of this name it would seem there is only one worthy of special mention.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz


    A married male. BENEDICTINE A married female. BENEDICTION Their children.

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Etymology and Origins

  1. Benedict

    A confirmed bachelor, after St Benedict, who unceasingly preached the virtues of celibacy. Also a newly-married man who, like Benedick in Much ado about Nothing, after having long forsworn marriage, at length succumbed to the grand passion.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Benedict is ranked #2130 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Benedict surname appeared 17,036 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 6 would have the surname Benedict.

    91% or 15,516 total occurrences were White.
    2.9% or 509 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.9% or 332 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.5% or 266 total occurrences were Black.
    1.2% or 211 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    1.1% or 199 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Benedict in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Benedict in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of Benedict in a Sentence

  1. Pope Francis:

    In general, I think what Benedict so courageously did was to open the door to the popes emeritus. Benedict should not be considered an exception, but an institution.

  2. Matthias Katsch:

    The building of lies to protect Pope Benedict has just collapsed with a crash. Benedict was complicit in the abuse of numerous victims after 1980, victims of Priest X.

  3. Mayor Steve Benjamin:

    I am excited to welcome presidential candidates to a criminal justice forum dialogue which will allow Benedict College students and the wider community to have full participation, i want to be clear that the Candidate Forums are hosted by myself and Benedict College. This portion of the weekend is not a 20/20 Presidential Justice Center event.

  4. Pope Francis:

    But when Pope Benedict became Pope, the first thing( Pope Benedict said was) bring me this from the archives and Pope Benedict began, pope Benedict had the courage to dissolve a women's congregation that had a certain level because this slavery of women had entered, even sexual slavery, by clerics or by the founder.

  5. Pope Francis:

    But when Pope Benedict became Pope Francis, the first thing( he said was) bring me this from the archives and Pope Benedict began, pope Benedict had the courage to dissolve a women's congregation that had a certain level because this slavery of women had entered, even sexual slavery, by clerics or by the founder.

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