- a rector's house; parsonage.
- British. a benefice held by a rector.
Origin of rectory
Examples from the Web for rectory
They followed Weber into the rectory to find Freed sprawled and unresponsive, amid signs of a forced entry and a violent struggle.As 2014 Began, a Fateful Path to a Catholic Priest’s Murder
January 3, 2014
He sat behind his desk in the rectory, and the magnitude of what had happened came over him.Jimmy Breslin on JFK’s Assassination: Two Classic Columns
November 22, 2013
First, Father Johannes Baptiste is found in the rectory, his throat slit.This Week’s Hot Reads: July 8, 2013
July 8, 2013
A SWAT team converged on the rectory, which is less than a mile from the town square.Newtown, Conn., Struggles With Its Newfound Notoriety
December 17, 2012
In the rectory Pfleger blamed a “perfect storm” of unemployment, failing schools, and program cutbacks for the surge in shootings.Spike in Shootings, Murders Creates ‘Wild, Wild Midwest’ Effect in Chicago
June 13, 2012
How is it, Maltravers, that they see so little of you at the rectory?
Doltimore, Legard, names new to me; I never met them at the rectory.
The Rectory gate clicked sharply as it swung to behind the labourer.The Incomplete Amorist
The rectory was often surrounded by a moat, with an entrance protected by a gatehouse.English Villages
P. H. Ditchfield
It would not be more than ten or twelve miles, and so I should get a peep of the rectory.Wilfrid Cumbermede
- the official house of a rector
- Church of England the office and benefice of a rector
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.