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Meaning of PRIORY

Pronunciation:  'prIuree

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  religious residence in a monastery governed by a prior or a convent governed by a prioress

PRIORY is a 6 letter word that starts with P.


 See Also: cloister, religious residence



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\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.

Note: Of such houses there were two sorts: one where the
      prior was chosen by the inmates, and governed as
      independently as an abbot in an abbey; the other where
      the priory was subordinate to an abbey, and the prior
      was placed or displaced at the will of the abbot.

{Alien priory}, a small religious house dependent on a large
   monastery in some other country.

Syn: See {Cloister}.