advowson

noun
ad·​vow·​son | \ əd-ˈvau̇-zᵊn How to pronounce advowson (audio) \

Definition of advowson

: the right in English law of presenting a nominee to a benefice

First Known Use of advowson

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for advowson

Middle English avouweson, avouson, advowson, borrowed from Anglo-French avoueson "lordship, allegiance, right to nominate to a benefice," going back to Latin advocātiōn-, advocātiō "body of legal advisers, functions of an advocate," from advocāre "to summon, call to one's aid" + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of action nouns — more at avow

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“Advowson.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/advowson. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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