Definition of prebend in English:



  • 1 historical The portion of the revenues of a cathedral or collegiate church formerly granted to a canon or member of the chapter as his stipend.

    • ‘In 1123 Henry I granted the manor to the bishop of Lincoln for the endowment of a prebend.’
    1. 1.1The property from which a prebend was derived.
      ‘The Bishop of Lincoln granted him the canonry and prebend of Leighton Bromswold, a living which was an easy yoke in terms of duties, affording him the chance to serve in a manner he felt consistent with his powers.’
      • ‘Chafing at his position of dependence, and indignant at Temple's delay in getting him preferment, he returned to Ireland, was ordained, and received the small prebend of Kilroot.’
      • ‘Claiming legitimate control of prebends in an area is enabled by the political currency of concepts such as autochtony and allogeny.’
      • ‘Public resentment against this trend increased to the degree that appointees converted their posts into prebends.’
    2. 1.2
      another term for prebendary
      • ‘Such appreciation for the church and its fabric would have been seen as extremely unusual for a prebend or indeed for any clergyman at this time-a time when very little church building was being done.’



/ˈpreb(ə)nd/ /ˈprɛb(ə)nd/


Late Middle English from Old French prebende, from late Latin praebenda ‘things to be supplied, pension’, neuter plural gerundive of Latin praebere ‘to grant’, from prae ‘before’ + habere ‘hold, have’.