A beneficiary is simply the recipient of money or other benefits. So when your big sister finally moves away to college and you get to move into her bigger bedroom? You become a lucky beneficiary.

In other words — if you benefit from something, you are a beneficiary. This word pops up most commonly when people are creating their wills and trusts — you have to choose beneficiaries as the people who will get what you have when you die. But it isn't always so morbid. You can be the beneficiary of someone's kindness, the beneficiary of a good education, or even the beneficiary of your own hard work.

Definitions of beneficiary
  1. noun
    the recipient of funds or other benefits
    synonyms: donee
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    one of two or more beneficiaries of the same benefit
    someone to whom property (especially realty) is devised by will
    someone to whom a legacy is bequeathed
    pensionary, pensioner
    the beneficiary of a pension fund
    old-age pensioner
    an old person who receives an old-age pension
    type of:
    receiver, recipient
    a person who receives something
  2. noun
    the semantic role of the intended recipient who benefits from the happening denoted by the verb in the clause
    synonyms: benefactive role
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    type of:
    participant role, semantic role
    (linguistics) the underlying relation that a constituent has with the main verb in a clause
  3. adjective
    having or arising from a benefice
    “a beneficiary baron”
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