from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The official residence usually provided by a church for its parson; a rectory.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A house provided by the church for a parson, vicar or rector.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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. Money paid for the support of a parson.

from The 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an official residence provided by a church for its parson or vicar or rector


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  • 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.

    CNN Transcript Mar 24, 2006

  • 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.

    Oldtown Folks

  • The attractive three-bedroom parsonage is located on the church property.

    The Navy and Married Life

  • 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.

    The Portygee

  • 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 [2] has not been a better women than she ought to be — nor quite so good.

    Letter 225

  • 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.

    Tax Break for Clergy Questioned

  • 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.

    For the Love of God

  • To them, the great rambling barn back of the parsonage was a most delightful place.

    Prudence of the Parsonage

  • Across the street from the parsonage was a little white cottage set back among tall cedars.

    Prudence of the Parsonage

  • 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.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 08, No. 48, October, 1861


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