Pre"bend (?), n. [F. prebende (cf. It. & Sp. prebenda), from L. praebenda, from L. praebere to hold forth, afford, contr. fr. praehibere; prae before + habere to have, hold. See Habit, and cf. Provender.]
A payment or stipend; esp., the stipend or maintenance granted to a prebendary out of the estate of a cathedral or collegiate, church with which he is connected. See Note under Benefice.
Dignitary prebend, one having jurisdiction annexed to it. -- Simple prebend, one without jurisdiction.
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