[pri-sep-tuh-ree, pree-sep-]

noun, plural pre·cep·to·ries.

a subordinate house or community of the Knights Templars; commandery.

Origin of preceptory

From the Medieval Latin word praeceptōria, dating back to 1530–40. See preceptor, -y3 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for preceptory

Historical Examples of 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.


    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.

British Dictionary definitions for preceptory


noun plural -ries

(formerly) a subordinate house or community of the Knights Templars
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