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Definition of "prebend" [preb•end]

  • A stipend drawn from the endowment or revenues of an Anglican cathedral or church by a presiding member of the clergy; a cathedral or church benefice. (noun)
  • The property or tithe providing the endowment for such a stipend. (noun)
  • A prebendary. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "prebend" in a sentence
  • "This community life becoming more and more rare after the end of the ninth century, each canon received his own share of the mensal revenues – his "prebend"."
  • ""prebend" does not yet appear, neither do the distinctive names of the stalls."
  • "Within each colonial prebend tribal jealousies and differences were exploited by colonial masters to maximize political power and economic advantage."