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[rek-tuh-ree] /ˈrɛk tə ri/
noun, plural rectories.
a rector's house; parsonage.
British. a benefice held by a rector.
1530-40; < Medieval Latin rēctōria, equivalent to Latin rēctōr- (stem of rēctor) rector + -ia -y3
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subrectory, noun, plural subrectories. Unabridged
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Examples for rectory
  • If the church is closed, inquire in the adjacent rectory.
  • The house now is the rectory of a church on the property.
  • The rectory is located to the right, next to the church.
  • The record indicates that the claimant is employed as a domestic at a rectory is owned by the church.
  • The office fills what had been the boiler room of the monks' dormitory, or rectory.
  • Between the time of writer's birth and his baptism, his parents were obliged to vacate the old rectory where he was born.
  • The boys became impatient and began yelling up the stairs of the rectory.
  • The first proposed fence will enclose the rear yard of the rectory.
  • It is located next to the rectory and remains an active parish.
British Dictionary definitions for rectory


noun (pl) -ries
the official house of a rector
(Church of England) the office and benefice of a rector
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