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1. A stipend historically drawn by a beneficed canon of a cathedral or collegiate church.
2. The property or tithe providing the endowment for such a stipend.
3. A prebendary.

[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.]

pre·ben′dal (prĭ-bĕn′dl, prĕb′ən-dəl) adj.


1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) the stipend assigned by a cathedral or collegiate church to a canon or member of the chapter
2. (Ecclesiastical Terms) the land, tithe, or other source of such a stipend
3. (Ecclesiastical Terms) a less common word for prebendary
4. (Anglicanism) Church of England the office, formerly with an endowment, of a prebendary
[C15: from Old French prébende, from Medieval Latin praebenda pension, stipend, from Latin praebēre to offer, supply, from prae forth + habēre to have, offer]
prebendal adj


(ˈprɛb ənd)

1. a stipend allotted from the revenues of a cathedral or a collegiate church to a canon or member of the chapter.
2. the land yielding such a stipend.
3. a prebendary.
[1375–1425; late Middle English prebende < Medieval Latin prēbenda, praebenda prebend, Late Latin: allowance, neuter pl. gerundive of Latin prae(hi)bēre to offer, furnish]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.prebend - the stipend assigned by a cathedral to a canon
stipend - a sum of money allotted on a regular basis; usually for some specific purpose


[ˈprebənd] N (= stipend) → prebenda f; (= person) → prebendado m


n (form) (= stipend)Pfründe f, → Präbende f; (= person)Pfründner m, → Pfründeninhaber m, → Präbendar(ius) m
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