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[ad-vou-zuh n]
noun English Ecclesiastical Law.
  1. the right of presentation of a candidate to a benefice or church office.
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Origin of advowson

1250–1300; < Anglo-French; replacing Middle English avoweisoun < Anglo-French, Old French avoesonLatin advocātiōn-. See advocation
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Examples from the Web for advowson

Historical Examples of 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

    Anthony Hope

  • Hence his right to nominate the rector was styled advocatio or advowson.

  • 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."

British Dictionary definitions for advowson


  1. English ecclesiastical law the right of presentation to a vacant benefice
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Word Origin for advowson

C13: via Anglo-French and Old French from Latin advocātiōn- the act of summoning, from advocāre to summon
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