- Also called glebe land. Chiefly British. the cultivable land owned by a parish church or ecclesiastical benefice.
- Archaic. soil; field.
Origin of glebe
Examples from the Web for glebe
The Great North Road should have been bordered all its length with glebe.Howards End
E. M. Forster
This field extended to the limits of the glebe, which was enclosed on that side by a privet-hedge.A Pair of Blue Eyes
Add to all these changes, that the garden was weeded, and the glebe was regularly laboured.St. Ronan's Well
Sir Walter Scott
If the glebe land is proportionate, it may yield two potatoes.Highways & Byways in Sussex
There was much to do out of the house also, what with the cows and the garden and the glebe.Allison Bain
Margaret Murray Robertson
- British land granted to a clergyman as part of his benefice
- poetic land, esp when regarded as the source of growing things
Word Origin and History for glebe
c.1300, from Old French glebe, from Latin gleba, glaeba "clod, lump of earth," from PIE *glebh- "to roll into a ball" (cf. Latin globus "sphere;" Old English clyppan "to embrace;" Lithuanian glebys "armful," globti "to embrace, support"). Earliest English sense is "land forming a clergyman's benefice," on notion of soil of the earth as source of vegetable products.