Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A stipend drawn from the endowment or revenues of an Anglican cathedral or church by a presiding member of the clergy; a cathedral or church benefice.
  • n. The property or tithe providing the endowment for such a stipend.
  • n. A prebendary.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A stipend paid to a canon of a cathedral.
  • n. The property or other source of this endowment.
  • n. Political patronage employment.
  • n. A prebendary.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A payment or stipend; esp., the stipend or maintenance granted to a prebendary out of the estate of a cathedral or collegiate church with which he is connected. See note under benefice.
  • n. A prebendary.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In canon law, a stated income derived from some fixed source; hence, especially, a stipend allotted from the revenues of a cathedral or collegiate church for the performance of certain duties by a person hence called a prebendary.
  • n. A prebendary.
  • n. A prebendaryship.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the stipend assigned by a cathedral to a canon

Etymologies

Middle English prebende, from Old French, from Medieval Latin praebenda, from Late Latin, state allowance, from Latin, neuter pl. gerundive of praebēre, to grant, from praehibēre : prae-, pre- + habēre, to hold; see ghabh- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin praebendus, verbal adjective of praebere > Late Latin praebenda (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • This community life becoming more and more rare after the end of the ninth century, each canon received his own share of the mensal revenues – his "prebend".

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 10: Mass Music-Newman

  • "prebend" does not yet appear, neither do the distinctive names of the stalls.

    Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Saint Paul An Account of the Old and New Buildings with a Short Historical Sketch

  • Within each colonial prebend tribal jealousies and differences were exploited by colonial masters to maximize political power and economic advantage.

    Matthew Bergman: The Obama Manifesto

  • In Maronia pia, or Maronia felix, I know not whether, nor how long since, nor in what cathedral church, a fat prebend fell void.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • On the day after his return he received proper authentic tidings of his presentation to the prebend.

    Framley Parsonage

  • ‘And as for the prebend, after what has passed, of course you must accept it.’

    Framley Parsonage

  • Luckily for him, this state of suspense was not long, for within half an hour of his leaving the breakfast-table, the footman knocked at his door — that footman with whom, at the beginning of his difficulties, he had made up his mind to dispense, but who had been kept on because of the Barchester prebend.

    Framley Parsonage

  • In this manner the question of the prebend was discussed between them on the evening before he started for London.

    Framley Parsonage

  • Such an occasion had now come, and he had desired his sister to give the new Lord Petty Bag no rest till he should have promised to use all his influence in getting the vacant prebend for Mark Robarts.

    Framley Parsonage

  • This very journey of his up to London would be most imprudent, if it should become necessary for him to give up all hope of holding the prebend.

    Framley Parsonage

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