Definition of priory in English:

priory

Line breaks: pri¦ory
Pronunciation: /ˈprʌɪəri
 
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noun (plural priories)

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

Origin

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

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