priorate

noun
pri·​or·​ate | \ ˈprī-ə-rət How to pronounce priorate (audio) \
plural priorates

Definition of priorate

1a : the office and rank of a prior
b : the term of office of a prior
2a : priory
b : a religious community under a prior

First Known Use of priorate

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Priorate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/priorate. Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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