- the right of presentation of a candidate to a benefice or church office.
Origin of advowson
1250–1300; < Anglo-French; replacing Middle English avoweisoun < Anglo-French, Old French avoeson ≪ Latin advocātiōn-. See advocation
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Examples from the Web for advowson
She became the patron of the living, and the advowson remains in her family.Old Times at Otterbourne
Charlotte M. Yonge
He had a well-to-do father who had bought the advowson for him as a wedding present.Double Harness
Hence his right to nominate the rector was styled advocatio or advowson.The Legal Position of the Clergy
P. V. Smith
An advowson cannot be held by either a Roman Catholic or an alien.
I submit that this word means advowsoner, that is, "owner of the advowson."
- English ecclesiastical law the right of presentation to a vacant benefice
C13: via Anglo-French and Old French from Latin advocātiōn- the act of summoning, from advocāre to summon
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