advowson

noun ad·vow·son \ əd-ˈvau̇-zᵊn \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of advowson

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

Origin and Etymology of 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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