- the part of the revenues of a cathedral or collegiate church paid as a clergyman's salary
- the property or tax that yields such revenue
Origin of prebendMiddle English prebende from Middle French from Ecclesiastical Medieval Latin prebenda from Late Latin praebenda, state support to a private person from neuter plural gerund, gerundive of Classical Latin praebere, to grant from prae-, before + habere, to have
- A stipend historically drawn by a beneficed canon of a cathedral or collegiate church.
- The property or tithe providing the endowment for such a stipend.
- A prebendary.
Origin of prebendMiddle 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.
- Political patronage employment.
From Latin praebendus, verbal adjective of praebere > Late Latin praebenda