Prebend (Lat. prcebere, to deliver), in ecclesiastical usage, a pensioned office attached to a cathedral or collegiate church, and the emoluments derived from the same. Canons or members of cathedral or conventual chapters were to receive for the singing of the divine office, or the fulfilment of some equivalent duty, a fixed stipend distributed weekly or daily, which was called portio canonica prcebenda. It became also the custom to endow more richly certain offices in the chapter to which the cure of souls and jurisdiction were attached. These prebends were styled dignities, and the prebendaries holding them were called dignitaries. In the middle ages all members of a chapter were titular canons, and all titular canons were prebendaries. After the reformation, in the church of England, prebends attached to the cure of souls were given to priests who were not canons. At present all members of English chapters are styled canons and are provided with prebends. Honorary canons, free from the obligations of residence and office, are not prebendaries.