pri·​o·​ry | \ ˈprī-(ə-)rē How to pronounce priory (audio) \
plural priories

Definition of priory

: a religious house under a prior or prioress

Examples of priory in a Sentence

you can hear the bells from the priory from the other side of the village
Recent Examples on the Web Additional accommodations on the property include a former chapel that’s been transformed into a cottage, which harks back to the building’s early days as a Benedictine priory. Abby Montanez, Robb Report, 25 July 2022 When the Leominster stool was moved to its new position in the priory in 2004, locals held a service of penitence. Katie Dancey-downs, Smithsonian Magazine, 19 July 2022 Hotels are equally swoon-worthy, such as the deeply romantic Hotel Fontevraud, the former priory in the historic monument of Fontevraud Royal Abbey, which dates to the 12th century. Jancee Dunn, Travel + Leisure, 26 Mar. 2022 Much of the monk's writing concerned the priory's day-to-day operations—including a detailed account of rebuilding the cathedral's choir after a fire in 1174—as well as disputes with neighboring houses and an Archbishop of Canterbury. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 5 Feb. 2022 With the trip, VistaJet Members call La Verrière, a wine estate and ninth-century priory, their home base. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 13 June 2021 Winston Churchill and Dwight D Eisenhower met here during WWII and there’s even a secret passage running from its cellar to the village priory, used by Lord Lovelace of Hurley who was a plotter of the Glorious Revolution in 1688. Duncan Madden, Forbes, 26 May 2021 Bessie was sent away to a priory in Essex to give birth, an event so secret no one is even certain of the boy’s real birth date. Maureen Lee Lenker,, 9 Nov. 2020 In 2013, the multi-disciplinary group of researchers archaeologists excavated a mound of glacial sand and gravel on the former site of the wealthy priory, which was ultimately shuttered in 1539 by Henry VIII. Jennifer Pinkowski, National Geographic, 18 Feb. 2020 See More

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

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pri·​o·​ry | \ ˈprī-ə-rē How to pronounce priory (audio) \
plural priories

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

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