Prebend Definition

The part of the revenues of a cathedral or collegiate church paid as a clergyman's salary.
Webster's New World
The property or tax that yields such revenue.
Webster's New World
A prebendary.
American Heritage
Webster's New World
Political patronage employment.

Origin of Prebend

  • 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 ghabh- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin praebendus, verbal adjective of praebere > Late Latin praebenda

    From Wiktionary

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