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Definition of prior noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    prior

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//ˈpraɪə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpraɪər//
     
    (prioress
    BrE BrE//ˈpraɪərəs//
     
    , also BrE//ˌpraɪəˈres//
     
    ; NAmE 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
  3. Word Originnoun late Old English, from a medieval Latin noun use of Latin prior ‘elder, former’, related to prae ‘before’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: prior

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