commendam

noun com·men·dam \kəˈmenˌdam\

Definition of commendam

plural

-s

  1. 1a :  the custody or holding of a benefice by a cleric or a layperson to whom it is given in charge often only until a proper incumbent is provided b :  the enjoyment of the revenues from such a custody or holding

  2. 2 :  a benefice held in commendam

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Origin and Etymology of commendam

Medieval Latin, accusative of commenda trust (as used in the phrase dare in commendam to give in trust)


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