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noun, plural rec·to·ries.
  1. a rector's house; parsonage.
  2. British. a benefice held by a rector.
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Origin of rectory

1530–40; < Medieval Latin rēctōria, equivalent to Latin rēctōr- (stem of rēctor) rector + -ia -y3
Related formssub·rec·to·ry, noun, plural sub·rec·to·ries.
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vicarage, manse, parsonage, benefice, presbytery

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noun plural -ries
  1. the official house of a rector
  2. Church of England the office and benefice of a rector
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Word Origin and History for rectory


mid-15c., from French rectorie (14c.) or Medieval Latin rectoria, from rector (see rector). Originally "benefice held by a rector;" of his residence, from 1849.

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