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[pahr-suh-nij] /ˈpɑr sə nɪdʒ/
the residence of a member of the clergy, as provided by the parish or church.
English Ecclesiastical Law. the benefice of a parson.
Origin of parsonage
1250-1300; Middle English personage < Anglo-French, equivalent to Medieval Latin persōnāticum benefice. See parson, -age Unabridged
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  • I have given him the parsonage of the parish, and, because I know his value, have settled upon him a good annuity for life.

  • Let me get my breath, and then we will go over and open the parsonage windows.

  • Neither church nor parsonage had been sold during the Revolution on account of their small value.

    An Historical Mystery Honore de Balzac
  • I come every year to the parsonage, and in my visiting-time I occupy this tower.

  • There followed some days of strain in the Kkensee parsonage.

    The Pastor's Wife Elizabeth von Arnim
  • Had the Artauds poisoned the air of the parsonage with some abominable plague?

  • Whenever you twins get together I think I have to watch you just as I used to when you were mobbing the parsonage.

    Sunny Slopes Ethel Hueston
British Dictionary definitions for parsonage


the residence of a parson who is not a rector or vicar, as provided by the parish
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for parsonage

"house for a parson," late 15c., from parson + -age. Earlier it meant "benefice of a parson" (late 14c.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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