- 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 praeb&emacron;re, to grant, from praehib&emacron;re : prae-, pre- + hab&emacron;re, to hold; see ghabh- in Indo-European roots.
- Political patronage employment.
From Latin praebendus, verbal adjective of praebere > Late Latin praebenda