nounhistorical Christian Church
Any one of two or more incumbents who shared the duties and revenues of a benefice.
adjectivehistorical Christian Church
Relating to or designating a benefice in which the duties and revenues could be shared among two or more incumbents.
Mid 16th century; earliest use found in Acts of Parliament. From post-classical Latin portionarius joint holder of a benefice from classical Latin portiōn-, portiō + -ārius.