American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A member of the Anglican clergy who receives a prebend.
- n. An Anglican cleric holding the honorary title of prebend without a stipend.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who holds a prebend. A clerical prebendary is necessarily a canon. At present in the Church of England all resident prebendaries are by law styled canons, but the holders of disendowed prebendal stalls are still known as prebendaries.
- n. A prebendaryship.
- n. An honorary canon of a cathedral or collegiate church.
- adj. Pertaining to the office or person of a prebendary; prebendal.
- adj. Of or relating to official positions that are profitable for the incumbent, to the allocation of such positions, or to a system in which such allocation is prevalent.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A clergyman attached to a collegiate or cathedral church who enjoys a prebend in consideration of his officiating at stated times in the church. See note under benefice, n., 3.
- n. obsolete A prebendaryship.
- n. a canon who receives a prebend for serving the church
- From Medieval Latin praebendārius, from Late Latin praebenda ("literally ‘things to be supplied’; prebend"), neuter plural of gerundive of praebeō ("supply"), from prae- ("pre-") + habeō ("have, hold"). (Wiktionary)
“The Seward family cultivated an 'open door' policy at the Bishop's Palace, holding breakfast, tea, dinner and supper parties and musical evenings, to which many from the prebendary houses in The Close: The Addenbrookes, Smallbrookes, Woodhouses, Vyses and the Garrick ladies.”
“Reverend J.T. Becher, prebendary of Southwell minster, who objected to what he considered the too voluptuous coloring of the poem”
“Bianchini, a prebendary of Verona, otherwise distinguished in letters, who published an account of it at Verona in 1731, which he afterwards republished at Rome.”
“‘I remember it as well as if it was yesterday, and old Dr. Ball, the prebendary, with the carbuncles on his nose, saw it too!’”
“His father the prebendary had not said this in so many words, but had he done so, he could not have signified it more plainly.”
“Eleanor was very much afraid that Charlotte would have darted out upon her, as the prebendary got out at his own door, but Bertie had thoughtfully saved her from this by causing the carriage to go round by her own house.”
“Whatever the husband might feel, the wife cared nothing for frowns of dean, archdeacon, or prebendary.”
“To this the dean assented, but alleged that contests on such a subject would be unseemly; to which rejoined a meagre little doctor, one of the cathedral prebendaries, that the contest must be all on the side of Mr. Slope if every prebendary were always there ready to take his own place in the pulpit.”
“Bertie: and so the last adieux were made, and the prebendary led out Mrs. Bold, followed by his son.”
““The bishop would do anything for him,” said the little prebendary.”
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