par·​son·​age ˈpär-s(ə-)nij How to pronounce parsonage (audio)
: the house provided by a church for its pastor

Examples of parsonage in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The parsonage, or pastor's house, is connected to the church building. Sophie Carson, Journal Sentinel, 17 May 2024 The adjoining parsonage is now two apartments and that conversion was a snap compared to what it’s taken to retrofit the main church, its steeple and set of bronze bells. Jacques Kelly, Baltimore Sun, 27 Jan. 2024 Located four doors down from MLK’s parsonage, the house was a haven for freedom riders. The New Republic, 16 Aug. 2023 The current school building was constructed in 1927 and remained in use until 1945, when it was closed and converted into a parsonage for the church, the release said. Katia Parks, Baltimore Sun, 5 July 2023 The townhouse’s story begins in mass tragedy, as the parsonage for the Evangelical Lutheran Church of St. Mark. John Leland, New York Times, 24 Mar. 2023 Hearst Newspapers’ investigation revealed that Texas’ parsonage laws are vague, giving appraisers little leverage to question the legitimacy of a religion or clergy member. Timothy Fanning, San Antonio Express-News, 21 Dec. 2021 Standing in for the Brontë parsonage? Hayley Maitland, Vogue, 17 Feb. 2023 Karen Simmons, who currently lives in the church’s former parsonage house and was the vice president of the Neighborhood Association, says the community is relieved and excited at the prospect of Kessler School reviving and preserving the building’s historical significance. Audrey McClure, Dallas News, 16 Nov. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of parsonage was in the 15th century

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“Parsonage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2024.

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par·​son·​age ˈpär-snij How to pronounce parsonage (audio)
: the house provided by a church for its pastor

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