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advowson

Line breaks: ad¦vow|son
Pronunciation: /ədˈvaʊz(ə)n
 
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Definition of advowson in English:

noun

British
(In ecclesiastical law) the right to recommend a member of the Anglican clergy for a vacant benefice, or to make such an appointment.
Example sentences
  • The prestige of the gentry remained high, since they often owned the advowson and had a cousin or an uncle in the rectory as well.
  • Miss Tringham, who held the advowson of Chobham then became the advowson holder of both parishes.
  • The advowson therefore can be discounted as a guide to the descent of the manor or part manor.

Origin

Middle English (in the sense 'patronage of a religious house or benefice', with the obligation to defend it and speak for it): from Old French avoeson, from Latin advocatio(n-), from advocare 'summon' (see advocate).

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