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[prahy-uh-ree] /ˈpraɪ ə ri/
noun, plural priories.
a religious house governed by a prior or prioress, often dependent upon an abbey.
Origin of priory
1250-1300; Middle English priorie < Medieval Latin priōria. See prior2, -y3 Unabridged
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  • The new establishment, however, was for monks only, and was for some time merely a priory.

  • His portrait hangs in one of the drawing-rooms of the priory.

  • Lent her by Father Christopher of the priory, forsooth—that is ever her answer.

    The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Ah, by my finger bones, there is my sweet Mary from the priory Mill!

    The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
  • There was a letter from Aunt Rachel waiting for her at the priory.

    The Christian Hall Caine
  • There was a chapel on one side, the buildings of the priory on the others.

    Two Penniless Princesses Charlotte M. Yonge
British Dictionary definitions for priory


noun (pl) -ories
a religious house governed by a prior, sometimes being subordinate to an abbey
Word Origin
C13: from Medieval Latin priōria; see prior²
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Word Origin and History for priory

late 13c., from Anglo-French priorie (mid-13c.), from Medieval Latin prioria "monastery governed by a prior," from Latin prior (see prior (n.)).

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