rectory

noun

rec·​to·​ry ˈrek-t(ə-)rē How to pronounce rectory (audio)
plural rectories
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 The Father Jack Jones Food Pantry will continue to operate from the Holy Name Parish rectory, 2914 S. Third St. Anti-human trafficking work continues, too, at Owensboro and Lexington offices. Matthew Glowicki, The Courier-Journal, 10 Apr. 2024 Association president Jen Higginbotham told IndyStar a neighbor heard that an unnamed local excavation company had been asked to provide a quote to the Archdiocese for demolition of the church, school, rectory and gymnasium on the campus. Rory Appleton, The Indianapolis Star, 14 Mar. 2024 An on-site preview search was conducted of files from a hard drive discovered in the office area of the church rectory, next to Jackson’s bedroom. Bill Lukitsch, Kansas City Star, 2 Feb. 2024 Hotel Peter and Paul Once a church, rectory, schoolhouse, and convent, Hotel Peter and Paul has refurbished the former religious institution into a memorable boutique hotel. Maya Kachroo-Levine, Travel + Leisure, 19 Mar. 2024 An imposing rectory, designed by David Rockwell, rotates to accommodate the putative principal’s office and a serene courtyard where the conversations are ex parte. Naveen Kumar, Washington Post, 8 Mar. 2024 The suspect accused of fatally stabbing a Nebraska priest after breaking into a church rectory earlier this week was ordered held without bond during his arraignment on murder and burglary charges Thursday. Meredith Deliso, ABC News, 14 Dec. 2023 One Neighborhood Builders The developer plans to raze the neighboring rectory building and construct a new building to house 14 of the 44 units. Alexa Gagosz, BostonGlobe.com, 23 Aug. 2023 Value: $2 M The six-bedroom home on the island of Tresco is housed in an old granite rectory, with hilltop views of the Atlantic Ocean and the 19th-century Round Island lighthouse. Giacomo Tognini, Forbes, 4 May 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of rectory was in the 15th century

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“Rectory.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rectory. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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rectory

noun
rec·​to·​ry ˈrek-t(ə-)rē How to pronounce rectory (audio)
plural rectories
: a residence of a rector or a parish priest

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