preb·​end | \ ˈpre-bənd How to pronounce prebend (audio) \

Definition of prebend

1 : a stipend furnished by a cathedral or collegiate church to a clergyman (such as a canon) in its chapter

Other Words from prebend

prebendal \ pri-​ˈben-​dᵊl How to pronounce prebendal (audio) , ˈpre-​bən-​ How to pronounce prebendal (audio) \ adjective

First Known Use of prebend

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for prebend

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

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“Prebend.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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