Portionist

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Portionist A scholar at Merton College, Oxford, who has a certain academical allowance or portion; -- corrupted into postmaster.
    • Portionist (Eccl) One of the incumbents of a benefice which has two or more rectors or vicars.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n portionist Eccles., same as portioner, 3.
    • n portionist In Merton College, Oxford, same as postmaster, 3.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Portionist one who has an academical allowance: the incumbent of a benefice which has more than one rector or vicar
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr.,—L. portio, portionis, akin to pars, a part.