- a subordinate house or community of the Knights Templars; commandery.
Origin of preceptory
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Examples from the Web for preceptory
Sir John rode to the Preceptory and hammered fiercely on its oaken door.Red Eve
H. Rider Haggard
Bisham at one time belonged to the Knights Templars, who founded here a preceptory.The Thames
G. E. Mitton
But how was he to account for his appearance in such an unseemly garb at the preceptory.
On the rising ground at the S. of the village are the remains of a preceptory of the Knights Templars, founded in the 12th cent.Somerset
G.W. Wade and J.H. Wade
Some of the old houses in Falkirk were once occupied by the knights of St. John, who had a preceptory near the place.
- (formerly) a subordinate house or community of the Knights Templars
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012