- the office, rank, or term of office of a prior.
- a priory.
Origin of priorate
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Examples from the Web for priorate
It is a priorate and has a vote, but has only one religious.
The Priorate was the highest office to which a citizen could aspire, but by no means the highest in Florence.The Divine Comedy of Dante Alighieri
His election to the priorate was the most important event in Dante's public life.
It is a priorate and has a vote, and one or two religious generally live there.
He always refused a priorate (although he could have obtained many, had he wished), and also the office of provincial.
- the office, status, or term of office of a prior