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  1. the residence of a member of the clergy, as provided by the parish or church.
  2. English Ecclesiastical Law. the benefice of a parson.
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Origin of parsonage

1250–1300; Middle English personage < Anglo-French, equivalent to Medieval Latin persōnāticum benefice. See parson, -age
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Related Words for parsonage

parsonage, benefice, vicarage, manse, presbytery

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British Dictionary definitions for parsonage


  1. the residence of a parson who is not a rector or vicar, as provided by the parish
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Word Origin and History for parsonage


"house for a parson," late 15c., from parson + -age. Earlier it meant "benefice of a parson" (late 14c.).

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