(In ecclesiastical law) the right to recommend a member of the Anglican clergy for a vacant benefice, or to make such an appointment.
More 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.
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).
Definition of advowson in:
- The US English dictionary