commendam

noun

com·​men·​dam
kəˈmenˌdam
plural -s
1
a
: 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
: a benefice held in commendam

Word History

Etymology

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

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“Commendam.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/commendam. Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

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