Definition of prebendary in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈprɛb(ə)nd(ə)ri/

noun (plural prebendaries)

1An honorary canon.
Example sentences
  • Cathedrals which were not monastic foundations, and collegiate churches, were served by secular clergy, the canons or prebendaries, who constituted the capitular body or chapter.
  • It was an emotional moment in a moving funeral service conducted by the prebendary at Wells Cathedral, Somerset.
1.1 historical A canon of a cathedral or collegiate church whose income originally came from a prebend.
Example sentences
  • In 1741 he became a prebendary of York Cathedral, and married Elizabeth Lumley, a cousin of Elizabeth Montagu, but his domestic and family life was not happy, and of their several children all were stillborn but a daughter, Lydia.
  • He was appointed to the curacy of Brampton, near Wakefield in 1772, eventually becoming prebendary of Lincoln cathedral from 1786 until his death.
  • This year is the 300th anniversary of his appointment as the prebendary of Dunalvin.



Example sentences
  • He was a pluralist, holding prebendaryships at Bristol and Westminster; he was rector of Wetheringsett, 1590-1616, and of Gedney, 1612-16.


Late Middle English: from medieval Latin praebendarius, from late Latin praebenda 'pension' (see prebend).

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