par·​son·​age | \ ˈpär-s(ə-)nij How to pronounce parsonage (audio) , ˈpär-sə-nij \

Definition of parsonage

: the house provided by a church for its pastor

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Recent Examples on the Web Located in River Oaks, this home has a history after serving as a parsonage for St. Luke’s United Methodist Church for nearly 50 years, according to the HAR listing. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "Memorial mansion auctioned at half price among Houston's 10 most expensive homes sold in Feb.," 9 Mar. 2020 Bethel Baptist Church in Collegeville, where the Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth was pastor from 1953-61 and leader of Birmingham’s civil rights movement, will receive $258,209 for the rehabilitation of its parsonage. al, "Five historic Alabama civil rights churches get National Parks grants," 18 Sep. 2019 Last year Oliver, her husband, Robb Stout, and their 3-year-old daughter moved from their Washington bungalow to a white clapboard house that was once a parsonage. Jura Koncius,, "This fall, drop the decor cliches," 31 Oct. 2019 Reinterring the remains near the monument will remove them from the front yard of the church parsonage of Iglesia Biblica Berea. Tribune Media Services, al, "Last known Confederate combat casualty getting funeral 155 years after his death," 19 Jan. 2020 She was raised in Oldenburg, near Bremen in the north, and then in a parsonage on Wangerooge, an island in the North Sea, where her father, Hermann, was a pastor. Sam Roberts, New York Times, "Dorothea Buck, 102, Dies; Nazi Victim and Voice for Mentally Ill," 18 Oct. 2019 Art Elsner, who lives on Webster Road and used to own the lawn mower repair shop, said the house used to be the parsonage for Hopewell United Methodist Church. Erika Butler,, "Cause of fatal fire near Havre de Grace ‘difficult to pinpoint’ because of extensive damage, officials say," 14 Nov. 2019 Antwon Mans, 36, is ordained as a pastor and lives in a former church parsonage with his wife Cynthia, 39, and children. Amy Huschka, Detroit Free Press, "Adoptee with dwarfism accused of posing as child: Michigan bone scan says I'm 14," 6 Nov. 2019 At the end of 2016, our church decided to sell our parsonage in town. Sam Boyer, cleveland, "Church members are sharing with others: Whit & Whimsey," 1 Nov. 2019

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15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Parsonage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of parsonage

: the house in which a parson lives


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: a house provided by a church for its pastor to live in

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