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



BrE BrE//ˈpraɪəri//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpraɪəri//
(pl. priories) Religious buildings
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a building where a community of monks or nuns lives, which is smaller and less important than an abbey See related entries: Religious buildings Word OriginMiddle English: from Anglo-Norman French priorie, medieval Latin prioria, from Latin prior ‘elder, superior’, related to prae ‘before’.
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