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priory Line breaks: pri¦ory
Pronunciation: /ˈprʌɪəri/

Definition of priory in English:

noun (plural priories)

A small monastery or nunnery that is governed by a prior or prioress.
Example sentences
  • Others included walks from Iona to Holy Island, Canterbury to York, and around the monasteries, abbeys and priories of Yorkshire.
  • Amongst monasteries a priory was generally a smaller foundation than an abbey and was in many cases a monastery of monks subordinate to an abbey.
  • St. Gobban, around the close of the 6th century founded the first of the Christian churches here, a priory for the Canons regular.


Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French priorie, medieval Latin prioria, from Latin prior 'elder, superior' (see prior2).

Words that rhyme with priory

diary, enquiry, expiry, fiery, friary, inquiry, miry, spiry, wiry
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