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 In a statement, St. Peter’s described the priest as an out-of-town guest who had been using the rectory during his visit. Washington Post, "Local Digest: Priest injured in attack in Southeast Washington," 2 July 2020 The church and rectory will remain, with Father Joe Workman previously telling the parish has had a good relationship with Liberty over the years. John Benson, cleveland, "Lakewood approves Marlowe Park Townhomes construction on Madison Avenue," 17 June 2020 Because the priests live together in the rectory, a second priest is in quarantine. USA TODAY, "Rock Hall, Hard Rock resort, full-service gas: News from around our 50 states," 13 June 2020 One person tied a yellow ribbon on a tree outside the church rectory to celebrate his homecoming. Washington Post, "D.C.’s patient zero: A priest’s journey from ICU to reuniting with family and flock," 30 Mar. 2020 The mansion has had diverse uses in recent decades — as a bank, as a church rectory — and its newest owners have created apartments on the upper floors while installing Metro Bis on the rambling ground floor. Rand Richards Cooper,, "Review: Now in its third home, Metro Bis in Simsbury offers five-star harmony of setting, service and food," 18 Sep. 2019 So does the rectory, with gifts from grateful parishioners that signify a kind of bounty that has seemingly attached itself to him. Kyle Smith, National Review, "The Majestic Grace of Corpus Christi," 25 Feb. 2020 When Mass is over, the boys file into the basement of the rectory, where boxes of doughnuts and the Rev. Eugene Schnipke awaits. Joe Drape, New York Times, "Football Is Dying in Ohio. A Coach in This County Made It Thrive.," 5 Dec. 2019 After angry parishioner complaints in January and subsequent newspaper reports, Alengadan was removed from the Pleasant Hill rectory. Matthias Gafni,, "Priest placed on leave after Oakland Diocese acknowledges earlier sexual impropriety allegation," 23 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of rectory

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Rectory.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jul. 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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