- benefice [ben′ə fis]n.[ME < OFr < ML beneficium < L, a kindness, service, promotion < BENEFIC]1. land held by a feudal tenant for services rendered the owner2. an endowed church office providing a living for a vicar, rector, etc.3. its incomevt.beneficed, beneficingto provide with a benefice
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.