benefice


benefice
benefice [ben′ə fis]
n.
[ME < OFr < ML beneficium < L, a kindness, service, promotion < BENEFIC]
1. land held by a feudal tenant for services rendered the owner
2. an endowed church office providing a living for a vicar, rector, etc.
3. its income
vt.
beneficed, beneficing
to provide with a benefice

English World dictionary. . 2014.

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