from The Century Dictionary.
- Preceding, as in the order of time, of thought, of origin, of dignity, or of importance; in law, senior in point of time: as, a prior and a junior incumbrance.
- Previous: used adverbially, followed by to, like
previous. See previous, a.
- noun A superior officer; a superior.
- noun Formerly, in Italy, a chief magistrate, as in the medieval republic of Florence.
- noun Synonyms Abbot, Prior. See def. .
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun informal a prior conviction; -- said of an accused criminal.
- noun (Eccl.) The superior of a priory, and next below an abbot in dignity.
- noun a chief magistrate, as in the republic of Florence in the middle ages.
- noun a prior who is at the head of his own house. See the Note under
- noun an official next in rank to the abbot in a monastery; prior of the cloisters.
- adjective Preceding in the order of time; former; antecedent; anterior; previous
- adjective First, precedent, or superior in the order of cognition, reason or generality, origin, development, rank, etc.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- adjective Of that which comes
before, in advance.
- adverb colloquial
- noun A high-ranking member of a
monastery, usually lower in rank than an abbot.
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- adjective earlier in time
- noun the head of a religious order; in an abbey the prior is next below the abbot
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The term 'prior express consent' means the oral or written approval of a person...
Nobody had used the term prior to that apart from the Romans who invented it 2000 years earlier.
With the Cluniac reform the term prior received a specific meaning; it supplanted the provost
In the Rule of St. Benedict the term prior occurs several times, but does does not signify any particular superior; it is indiscriminately applied to any superior, be he abbot, provost, dean, etc.
Hirschau, which arose in Germany in the eleventh century, the term prior was also substituted for provost, and the example of the
The prior bore the title prior ecclesia S. Maria de Metro.
"The way we're playing it would be really great to win another title prior to heading to Paris."
This season would be the first time since NASCAR's Chase format was introduced in 2004 that a driver wrapped up the title prior to the finale.
Gay men are relentless in their pursuit of musical kitsch, and Taylor Swift is lucky enough to have been gifted with this label prior to fading into anonymity.
Not, however, until the owners voted on the new title prior to the 1968 season.