American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A monastery governed by a prior or a convent governed by a prioress.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A religions house next in dignity below an abbey, and often, but not necessarily, dependent upon an abbey. Its superior is called a prior or prioress.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A religious house presided over by a prior or prioress; -- sometimes an offshoot of, an subordinate to, an abbey, and called also
cell, and obedience. See cell, 2.
- n. religious residence in a monastery governed by a prior or a convent governed by a prioress
“Next to Santo Domingo, occupying part of the magnificent building that was originally the priory, is the state's Regional Museum.”
“I called the priory and sure enough she was there, sick as a dog and in bed with the flu, but patiently awaiting word from me, and immediately wired some money for a ticket on my old dog.”
“CONLIN: Actually, it's called the priory and I know it's probably ...”
“The priory was a rectangular enclosure with the church in the middle.”
“Outside the low wall that enclosed the priory was a scatter of ordinary hovels made of timber and mud with thatched roofs, occupied by the peasants who tilled the fields round about and the servants who worked for the monks.”
“The priory was a nicer place to live now that he had gone.”
“The ruler of a priory should be a monk, not a royal appointee who did not even know the names of the Divine Services!”
“There were no guests either to bring tidings, for the priory was a marked place and it was well not to show or receive kindliness in its regard.”
“A priory was a monastery which in theory or in fact was subject to an abbey.”
“The priory is the family home of Lord St Oswald, who put it up for sale to pay for the restoration of the estate.”
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