Charles Buck Theological Dictionary
Or ADVOWSON, a sort of incorporeal hereditament, consisting in the right of presentation to a church, or ecclesiastical benefice. Advowson signifies the taking into protection, and therefore is synonymous with patronage; and he who has the right of advowson is called the patron of the church.
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Buck, Charles. Entry for 'Patronage'. Charles Buck Theological Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/cbd/p/patronage.html. 1802.