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[preb-uh n-der-ee]
noun, plural preb·en·dar·ies.
  1. a canon or member of the clergy who is entitled to a prebend for special services at a cathedral or collegiate church.
  2. Church of England. an honorary canon having the title of a prebend but not receiving a stipend.
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Origin of prebendary

First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English word from Medieval Latin word praebendārius. See prebend, -ary
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Examples from the Web for prebendary

Historical Examples

  • They 're going to draft you to a cathedral, and make a prebendary of you.

    The Bramleighs Of Bishop's Folly

    Charles James Lever

  • In 1727 he was made a prebendary of Salisbury by his friend Hoadley.

  • "The house is for your private comfort," said the prebendary.

    The Vicar of Bullhampton

    Anthony Trollope

  • Romer means the Prebendary Campbell, or at least his wife and daughter.

    The Limit

    Ada Leverson

  • But what the Prebendary always says is, the better the day the better the deed.

    The Limit

    Ada Leverson

British Dictionary definitions for prebendary


noun plural -daries
  1. a canon or member of the chapter of a cathedral or collegiate church who holds a prebend
  2. Church of England an honorary canon with the title of prebendary
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