ad·​vow·​son əd-ˈvau̇-zᵊn How to pronounce advowson (audio)
: the right in English law of presenting a nominee to a benefice

Word History


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of advowson was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Advowson.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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