Definition of prior noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

      

    prior

     noun
    noun
    NAmE//ˈpraɪər//
     
    (prioress
    NAmE//ˈpraɪərəs//
     
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  1. 1a person who is in charge of a group of monks or nuns living in a priory
  2. 2(in an abbey ) a person next in rank below an abbot or abbess
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