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

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Hotel Peter and Paul is actually a bundle of buildings: a 19th-century Catholic church, schoolhouse, convent, and rectory reimagined by Ash NYC with gingham drapes woven in Switzerland and antique furniture shipped from Europe. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Next Great Food Scene, Beach Town, and More: The 2019 Trends We're Calling Now," 18 Dec. 2018 Thus, eight months after his resignation and one month after Bambera became vicar for clergy, Gibson left treatment and went to live in a parish rectory outside Wilkes-Barre. Michael Rubinkam, The Seattle Times, "As bishop looks on, abusive Father Ned gets a new assignment," 4 Sep. 2018 Sinalunga Mile 67 Why StopArt lovers will want to see the Benvenuto di Giovanni frescoes at the San Biogio rectory; the Medicis used to live in the town's 14th-century castle. Erin Florio, Condé Nast Traveler, "6 Places You Absolutely Have to Stop on a Florence-to-Rome Road Trip," 12 Feb. 2018 Those assembled in the rectory with Cardinal Dolan were stunned by the accusation, Mr. Garcia said Wednesday. WSJ, "Official at Archdiocese of New York Accused of Sex Abuse," 31 Oct. 2018 Contact Rose Bergeron at 860-429-9212 or the rectory at 860-429-2860. Courant Community, "Community News For The Stafford Edition," 19 June 2018 For more information about the carnival, call the St. Bernard Church rectory at 860-749-8353. Courant Community, "Community News For The Enfield Edition," 29 May 2018 Proceeds from the sale will help fund the refurbishing of the rectory in preparation for the calling of a new priest. Staff Report, Daily Southtown, "Church news," 10 July 2018 Stein and another priest live on-site in the rectory. Ann Zaniewski, Detroit Free Press, "Past, future to be celebrated as St. Joseph Oratory host Mass Mob," 9 June 2018

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First Known Use of rectory

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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: the house where the rector of a Christian church lives

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