priory

priory

[prahy-uh-ree]
noun, plural priories.
a religious house governed by a prior or prioress, often dependent upon an abbey.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English priorie < Medieval Latin priōria. See prior2, -y3

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priory (ˈpraɪərɪ)
 
n , pl -ories
a religious house governed by a prior, sometimes being subordinate to an abbey
 
[C13: from Medieval Latin priōria; see prior²]

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priory
late 13c., from Anglo-Fr. priorie (mid-13c.), from M.L. prioria "monastery governed by a prior," from L. prior (see prior (n.)).
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