Definition of glebe in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɡlēb/


1A piece of land serving as part of a clergyman’s benefice and providing income.
Example sentences
  • He incorporates the church's contributions throughout, whether considering monastic institutions as landlords or parish priests' glebes as part of the English manor.
  • A glebe is a piece of land forming part of a clergyman's living, and right next door was the tiny church of St Edmund.
  • The parish clergy, dependent on tithes, fees, and if they were lucky a little glebe land, paid almost half the total raised, yet had little say in its allocation within each diocese.
1.1 archaic Land; fields.
Example sentences
  • The law discriminates between the owners of land which was formerly glebe and of land which was not by making the former but not the latter liable for chancel repairs.
  • A few years later, more lands and buildings were added to this glebe which represent the freehold premises in Wilmcote which had come to John Shakespeare on his marriage to Mary Arden.


Late Middle English: from Latin gleba, glaeba 'clod, land, soil'.

Words that rhyme with glebe

Antibes, Beeb, Delibes, dweeb, grebe, Maghrib, plebe

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Syllabification: glebe

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