preb·​end ˈpre-bənd How to pronounce prebend (audio)
: a stipend furnished by a cathedral or collegiate church to a clergyman (such as a canon) in its chapter
prebendal adjective

Word History


Middle English prebende, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin praebenda, from Late Latin, subsistence allowance granted by the state, from Latin, feminine of praebendus, gerundive of praebēre to offer, from prae- + habēre to hold — more at give

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of prebend was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Prebend.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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