rec·​to·​ry | \ ˈrek-t(ə-)rē How to pronounce rectory (audio) \
plural rectories

Definition of rectory

1 : a benefice held by a rector
2 : a residence of a rector or a parish priest

Examples of rectory in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web McWilliams had been held in the Cuyahoga County Jail since his Dec. 5 arrests during a raid of the rectory at St. Joseph Church. Cory Shaffer, cleveland, "Strongsville Catholic priest facing child porn charges moved to Geauga County after five days ‘in limbo’ in Cuyahoga County Jail," 7 Jan. 2020 The Archdiocese of San Antonio would lease the property next to the church to the developer, and a new rectory and office with a separate entrance would be built for the church inside the hotel. Madison Iszler,, "Want to know what’s happening downtown? Here’s an update on major construction projects around downtown San Antonio," 27 Nov. 2019 New this year is a runner’s Mass performed by Taphorn before the marathon at 6 a.m. at the rectory at St. Olaf Catholic Church in downtown Minneapolis. Deanna Weniger, Twin Cities, "38th Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon draws runners new, old and elite," 3 Oct. 2019 For reservations, call Alice at 440-862-1962 or the rectory at 216-252-2332. Carol Kovach, cleveland, "Local farmers markets continue to thrive as fall arrives: A Place in the Sun," 1 Oct. 2019 Trinity Episcopal Church, lat 7474 Washington Blvd., also operates a Thrift Store on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It is housed in the building directly behind the church that once served as a rectory. Susan Harrison,, "Hair Station owner cuts back but is still styling; last day for Food Truck Fridays in Elkridge this week," 7 Nov. 2019 The abuse spanned nearly every corner of the state — in an Estes Park trailer and Denver homes, in church rectories and at camps, according to a damning report published Wednesday by the state attorney general’s office. The Denver Post, "Post Premium: Our best stories for the week of Oct. 21-27," 27 Oct. 2019 Neary, then an eighth grade student, was working an after-school job in the rectory of St. Ethelreda in Chicago. Elyssa Cherney,, "The Chicago Archdiocese does not publicly identify deceased priests accused of sexual abuse. Here’s why one suburban deacon is trying to change that.," 7 Oct. 2019 The Elysian Bar in New Orleans’ Marigny neighborhood occupies the 150-year-old rectory of Saints Peter & Paul. Fortune, "Review: Patience Is a Virtue Well-Rewarded at this New Orleans Hotel Bar," 14 July 2019

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First Known Use of rectory

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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13 Jan 2020

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“Rectory.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of rectory

: the house where the rector of a Christian church lives

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