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(in English ecclesiastical law) the right to recommend a member of the Anglican clergy for a vacant benefice, or to make such an appointment.
- ‘The advowson therefore can be discounted as a guide to the descent of the manor or part manor.’
- ‘Miss Tringham, who held the advowson of Chobham then became the advowson holder of both parishes.’
- ‘After the churches themselves passed out of private hands, the advowsons tended to remain with the heirs.’
- ‘The doctor had vested the advowson of Thame in a committee of trustees.’
- ‘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.’
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).
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