1. A stipend historically drawn by a beneficed canon of a cathedral or collegiate church.
2. The property or tithe providing the endowment for such a stipend.
3. A prebendary.
[Middle English prebende, from Old French, from Medieval Latin praebenda, from Late Latin, state allowance, from Latin, neuter pl. gerundive of praebēre, to grant, from praehibēre : prae-, pre- + habēre, to hold; see ghabh- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
pre·bendal (prĭ-bĕndl, prĕbən-dəl) adj.
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