1. the stipend assigned by a cathedral to a canon
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Prebend \Preb"end\ (pr[e^]b"[e^]nd), n. [F. pr['e]bende (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.]
1. 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.
2. A prebendary. [Obs.] --Bacon.
Dignitary prebend, one having jurisdiction annexed to it.
Simple prebend, one without jurisdiction.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: the stipend assigned by a cathedral to a canon