American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The house in which a parish priest or minister lives.
- n. An Anglican rector's dwelling.
- n. An Anglican rector's office and benefice.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A parish church, parsonage, or spiritual living, with all its rights, tithes, and glebes.
- n. A rector's mansion or parsonage-house.
- n. The residence of Roman Catholic priest(s) associated with a parish church.
- n. The residence of an Anglican rector.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The province of a rector; a parish church, parsonage, or spiritual living, with all its rights, tithes, and glebes.
- n. A rector's mansion; a parsonage house.
- n. an official residence provided by a church for its parson or vicar or rector
“This rectory is a delightful place to be in, in warm weather; but in winter, it must be the reverse of comfortable; all the room-windows opening as doors into the garden, vines hanging over them, &c., &c.”
“What will your reaction be when you call the rectory to have Father come over because your Mom is dying and he replies, "Gee, sorry, I promised I'd take the kids to Disneyland today.”
“I'll have to call the rectory and see if tickets are still available.”
“The library at the rectory was a spacious and handsome room, in the centre of which stood a large writing-table, at which the”
“The rectory was a rather ugly stone house down by the river”
“Before she had left Holy Oaks, she had called the rectory and had spoken to Monsignor McKindry, uncaring that she was acting like a neurotic mother hen.”
“The rectory was a fine old house, crowned by a belvedere, with Carpenter's Gothic trim and long French windows, a house that captured and stored the available light.”
“Not that the baby would be out in the frigid air for long, of course—just until Sondra could get to a phone and call the rectory.”
“The rectory is the second, and larger, of two houses on the right, though now occupied as a farmhouse.”
“But the pride of the rectory was the orchid-house, and insensibly everybody gravitated towards it.”
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