One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1An honorary canon.
- ‘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.’
- 1.1historical A canon of a cathedral or collegiate church whose income originally came from a prebend.
- ‘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.’
- ‘In 1780, he was installed prebendary at Carlisle, and resigned Appleby on becoming archdeacon in 1782.’
- ‘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.’
Late Middle English: from medieval Latin praebendarius, from late Latin praebenda ‘pension’ (see prebend).
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