priory

noun
pri·o·ry | \ ˈprī-(ə-)rē \
plural priories

Definition of priory 

: a religious house under a prior or prioress

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Examples of priory in a Sentence

you can hear the bells from the priory from the other side of the village

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Malcolm led the way around the back of the priory and came to the side where the window of Lyra’s nursery would be, if it hadn’t been hidden by the new shutters. Philip Pullman, Slate Magazine, "The Gentleman and the Child," 26 May 2017 In between helping out at his dad’s pub and riding the city’s canals in the beloved canoe that gives the book its title, Malcolm is introduced to a baby, Lyra, who is being looked after by an order of nuns at a nearby priory. Dan Stewart, Time, "Philip Pullman Has Made a Career Building New Worlds. He’s Not Done Yet," 19 Oct. 2017 Serving customers and doing odd jobs for the nuns at the priory across the road has put Malcolm in a special position to notice growing disquiet in the adult world. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "Review: Philip Pullman Returns to Lyra’s Oxford in ‘The Book of Dust’," 18 Oct. 2017 The museum is based in a medieval priory founded by the Cluniac order of monks in the 13th century. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "PSA: Do Not Place Your Child in an 800-Year-Old Coffin," 23 Aug. 2017 The 800-year-old relic was found on the grounds of the priory in 1921. Natalie Dreier, ajc, "800-year-old coffin survives centuries, but doesn’t survive photo op," 24 Aug. 2017 The museum is based in a medieval priory founded by the Cluniac order of monks in the 13th century. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "PSA: Do Not Place Your Child in an 800-Year-Old Coffin," 23 Aug. 2017 Priory made one last gasp, closing within 54-50 on a steal and bucket by Reese with 3:22 to play. John Reid, The Mercury News, "NorCal basketball: Eastside Prep girls a three-peat D-V champ," 18 Mar. 2017 But the process has been continually delayed, as Trump and congressional Republicans have struggled to push through other top priories such as health care and tax reform. Wade Payson-denney, CNN, "Chao to Senate: Trump infrastructure 'principles' coming soon," 17 May 2017

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First Known Use of priory

13th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for priory

Middle English priorie, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin prioria, from prior

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priory

noun

English Language Learners Definition of priory

: a place where a group of monks or nuns live : a religious house that is under the direction of a prior or prioress

priory

noun
pri·o·ry | \ ˈprī-ə-rē \
plural priories

Kids Definition of priory

: a religious house under the leadership of a prior or prioress

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