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[preb-uh nd]
  1. a stipend allotted from the revenues of a cathedral or a collegiate church to a canon or member of the chapter.
  2. the land yielding such a stipend.
  3. a prebendary.
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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
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Historical Examples of prebend

  • But such a prebend was difficult to get and patrons were uncertain and often disappointing.

    Erasmus and the Age of Reformation

    Johan Huizinga

  • And as for the prebend, after what has passed, of course you must accept it.

    Framley Parsonage

    Anthony Trollope

  • The prebend of Stanwick was worth about twice as much as any other.

  • He held the prebend of Barnby, in the diocese of York, in 1338.

  • In 1550 he was presented to a prebend in the Church of Canterbury.

British Dictionary definitions for prebend


  1. the stipend assigned by a cathedral or collegiate church to a canon or member of the chapter
  2. the land, tithe, or other source of such a stipend
  3. a less common word for prebendary
  4. Church of England the office, formerly with an endowment, of a prebendary
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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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