Definition of priory in English:


Line breaks: pri¦ory
Pronunciation: /ˈprʌɪəri

noun (plural priories)

A small monastery or nunnery that is governed by a prior or prioress.
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  • 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.
religious house, religious community, abbey, cloister;
rare coenobium, coenoby, beguinage


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

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