American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The official residence usually provided by a church for its parson; a rectory.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A rectory endowed with a house, glebe, lands, tithes, etc., for the maintenance of the incumbent; the benefice of a parish.
- n. The mansion or dwelling-house of a parson or clergyman. Also called a parsonage house.
- n. Money paid for the support of a parson.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Eng. Eccl. Law) A certain portion of lands, tithes, and offerings, for the maintenance of the parson of a parish.
- n. The glebe and house, or the house only, owned by a parish or ecclesiastical society, and appropriated to the maintenance or use of the incumbent or settled pastor.
- n. Scot. Money paid for the support of a parson.
- n. an official residence provided by a church for its parson or vicar or rector
“Until later that night they became more curious, decided to go over to his home, which is what they call a parsonage, because essentially it's owned by the church itself.”
“The farmers about here consider him as rolling in wealth, and I must say that, though the parsonage is absolutely bare of luxuries, one is not there often unpleasantly reminded that the parson is a poor man.”
“The attractive three-bedroom parsonage is located on the church property.”
“When he called the parsonage, however, Maria Price answered the phone and informed him that Helen was spending the evening with old Mrs. Crowell, who lived but a little way from the Snow place.”
“Biddlecombehad explained to me upon the subject of our conversation that night. our rough friend in the boat told truth. & his reason for so strongly objecting to your becoming an inmate at the parsonage is because the Lady  has not been a better women than she ought to be — nor quite so good.”
“Under a provision of the tax code known as the parsonage allowance, first passed in 1921, an ordained clergy member may live tax-free in a home owned by his or her religious organization or receive a tax-free annual payment to buy or rent a home if the congregation approves.”
“An icy chill ran down her spine as Abbie recognized the voice as belonging to the same woman who had called the parsonage the other night.”
“To them, the great rambling barn back of the parsonage was a most delightful place.”
“Across the street from the parsonage was a little white cottage set back among tall cedars.”
“The parsonage is a relic of the family-mansion, or castle, other portions of which are close at hand; for, across the garden, rise two gray towers, both of them picturesquely venerable, and interesting for more than their antiquity.”
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