Word of the Day: benefactor

Word of the Day: benefactor

: a person who helps people or institutions, especially with financial help


The word benefactor has appeared in 68 articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on Jan. 31 in “Napoleon’s Brother Lived in N.J. Here’s What Happened to the Estate.” by Daniel E. Slotnik:

After Bonaparte left New Jersey for good in 1839, the estate passed to a series of owners, many of them not overly concerned with its preservation. The only surviving remnants include the gardener’s house, a bridge, old foundations and mounds of buried brick that had once been the tunnels.

The site will soon be opened to the public and the contemporary buildings on the property, erected by other owners, will become Bordentown’s new city hall and police station. The gardener’s house will be a museum dedicated to the estate’s history.

… Ms. Mead said that she hoped to open Point Breeze to the public by this fall. Some potential visitors had already expressed interest through donations to refurbish the property, Ms. Mead said, including an anonymous benefactor from France who contributed $10,000.

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