priory
noun (plural -ries) Etymology: Middle English priorie, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin prioria, from prior Date: 13th century a religious house under a prior or prioress

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  • Priory — • A monastery whose superior is a prior. Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Priory     Priory     † …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Priory — Pri o*ry, n.; pl. {Priories}. [Cf. LL. prioria. See {Prior}, n.] A religious house presided over by a prior or prioress; sometimes an offshoot of, an subordinate to, an abbey, and called also {cell}, and {obedience}. See {Cell}, 2. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • priory — late 13c., from Anglo Fr. priorie (mid 13c.), from M.L. prioria monastery governed by a prior, from L. prior (see PRIOR (Cf. prior) (n.)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • priory — *cloister, monastery, nunnery, convent, abbey …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • priory — ► NOUN (pl. priories) ▪ a monastery or nunnery governed by a prior or prioress …   English terms dictionary

  • priory — [prī′ə rē] n. pl. priories [ME < Anglo Fr priorie < ML prioria] a monastery governed by a prior, or a convent governed by a prioress, sometimes as a subordinate branch of an abbey SYN. CLOISTER …   English World dictionary

  • Priory — For other uses, see Priory (disambiguation). The Priory de Graville, France A priory is a house of men or women under religious vows that is headed by a prior or prioress. Priories may be houses of mendicant friars or religious sisters (as the… …   Wikipedia

  • priory — [[t]pra͟ɪ͟əri[/t]] priories N COUNT: oft in names after n A priory is a place where a small group of monks live and work together. ...Lindisfarne Priory on Holy Island …   English dictionary

  • priory — UK [ˈpraɪərɪ] / US [ˈpraɪrɪ] noun [countable] Word forms priory : singular priory plural priories a building where the members of a Christian religious community live …   English dictionary

  • Priory — A house of canons regular; a monastery ruled by a *prior or a *convent by a prioress. Cf. Alien priory …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • priory — noun the sisters of this priory are famous for their spinning and weaving Syn: religious house, abbey, cloister; monastery, friary; convent, nunnery …   Thesaurus of popular words

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