[ preb-uh nd ]
/ ˈprɛb ənd /


a stipend allotted from the revenues of a cathedral or a collegiate church to a canon or member of the chapter.
the land yielding such a stipend.
a prebendary.

Origin of prebend

1375–1425; late Middle English prebende < Medieval Latin prēbenda, variant of praebenda prebend, Late Latin: allowance, neuter plural gerundive of Latin prae(hi)bēre to offer, furnish, equivalent to prae- pre- + -hibēre, combining form of habēre to have, hold
Related formspre·ben·dal [pri-ben-dl, preb-uh n-] /prɪˈbɛn dl, ˈprɛb ən-/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for prebend


/ (ˈprɛbənd) /


the stipend assigned by a cathedral or collegiate church to a canon or member of the chapter
the land, tithe, or other source of such a stipend
a less common word for prebendary
Church of England the office, formerly with an endowment, of a prebendary
Derived Formsprebendal (prɪˈbɛndəl), adjective

Word Origin for prebend

C15: from Old French prébende, from Medieval Latin praebenda pension, stipend, from Latin praebēre to offer, supply, from prae forth + habēre to have, offer
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Word Origin and History for prebend



early 15c., from Old French prebende, earlier provende (12c.) and directly from Medieval Latin prebenda "allowance," from Late Latin praebenda "allowance, pension" (see provender). Related: Prebendary.

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