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priory

[prahy-uh-ree] /ˈpraɪ ə ri/
noun, plural priories.
1.
a religious house governed by a prior or prioress, often dependent upon an abbey.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English priorie < Medieval Latin priōria. See prior2, -y3
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priory

/ˈpraɪərɪ/
noun (pl) -ories
1.
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
n.

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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