preceptory

noun

pre·​cep·​to·​ry pri-ˈsep-t(ə-)rē How to pronounce preceptory (audio)
ˈprē-ˌsep-
plural preceptories
1
: a subordinate house or community of the Knights Templars
broadly : commandery sense 1
2

Word History

First Known Use

1540, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of preceptory was in 1540

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Cite this Entry

“Preceptory.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/preceptory. Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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