from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A community of medieval Knights Templars located on a provincial estate and subordinate to the main temples at Paris and London.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A community of the Knights Templar, or the physical buildings or estate of such a community.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Preceptive.
- n. A religious house of the Knights Templars, subordinate to the temple or principal house of the order in London. See commandery, n., 2.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Giving precepts; preceptive.
- n. A subordinate religious house where instruction was given.
From mediaeval Latin praeceptoria, noun use of the feminine of praeceptorius ‘commanding’. (Wiktionary)