One entire year's income claimed by the Pope on the
appointment of a bishop or other ecclesiastic in the Catholic Church.
This is called the first fruits (Latin, annus, a year).
By the Statute of Recusants (25 Hen. VIII. c. 20, and the Confirming
Act), the right to English Annates and Tenths was transferred to the
Crown; but, in the reign of Queen Anne, annates were given up to form a
fund for the augmentation of poor livings. (See Bounty, Queen
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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