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



BrE BrE//ˈrektəri//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈrektəri//
(pl. rectories) noun Religious buildings
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a house where the rector of a church lives, or lived in the past See related entries: Religious buildings Word Originmid 16th cent.: from Old French rectorie or medieval Latin rectoria, from Latin rector ‘ruler’, from rect- ‘ruled’, from the verb regere.
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