[ prahy-uh-ree ]
/ ˈpraɪ ə ri /

noun, plural pri·o·ries.

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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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/ (ˈpraɪərɪ) /

noun plural -ories

a religious house governed by a prior, sometimes being subordinate to an abbey

Word Origin for priory

C13: from Medieval Latin priōria; see prior ²
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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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