noun, plural rec·to·ries.

a rector's house; parsonage.
British. a benefice held by a rector.

Nearby words

  1. rectopexy,
  2. rectoplasty,
  3. rector,
  4. rectorate,
  5. rectorial,
  6. rectoscope,
  7. rectosigmoid,
  8. rectostenosis,
  9. rectostomy,
  10. rectotomy

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

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British Dictionary definitions for rectory


noun plural -ries

the official house of a rector
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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