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[prahy-uh-ree] /ˈpraɪ ə ri/
noun, plural priories.
a religious house governed by a prior or prioress, often dependent upon an abbey.
Origin of priory
1250-1300; Middle English priorie < Medieval Latin priōria. See prior2, -y3 Unabridged
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noun (pl) -ories
a religious house governed by a prior, sometimes being subordinate to an abbey
Word Origin
C13: from Medieval Latin priōria; see prior²
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Word Origin and History for priory

late 13c., from Anglo-French priorie (mid-13c.), from Medieval Latin prioria "monastery governed by a prior," from Latin prior (see prior (n.)).

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