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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 ad·vow·son /ədˈvaʊzṇ/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Ad·vow·son n.  Eng. Law The right of presenting to a vacant benefice or living in the church. [Originally, the relation of a patron (advocatus) or protector of a benefice, and thus privileged to nominate or present to it.]
 Note:The benefices of the Church of England are in every case subjects of presentation. They are nearly 12,000 in number; the advowson of more than half of them belongs to private persons, and of the remainder to the crown, bishops, deans and chapters, universities, and colleges.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n : the right in English law of presenting a nominee to a vacant
          ecclesiastical benefice