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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Their firm built the new rectory for $900,000, more than half of which the couple donated themselves. Washington Post, "Top US cardinal accused of protecting deputy after sex abuse," 4 June 2019 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 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 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 The rectory was built in 1882 as a home for priests, but hasn't been used as a residence since the 1940s, according to the National Park Service's Historic American Building Survey. Author: Jim Paulin, Anchorage Daily News, "To help fund fire protection for iconic Unalaska church, congregation considers starting AirBnB on church grounds," 30 Apr. 2018 Preservationists and occupants of nearby buildings opposed the demolition of the existing rectory before the Landmarks Preservation Commission in a dispute that pitted the financial needs of a religious institution against preservation principles. Josh Barbanel, WSJ, "Can Park Avenue Church-Rectory-to-Luxury-Condo Conversion Get Top Dollar?," 6 Sep. 2017 The Bishops House: Built in 1889 on the corner of 2nd and Idaho Streets as an Episcopal rectory, it was threatened with demolition in the 1970s. Anna Webb, idahostatesman, "Boise likes to move big stuff, and a giant tree is about to go mobile," 23 June 2017 The church and the adjoining Rectory share a garden, which in late April is already abloom with roses. Patti Nickell,, "Albuquerque boasts plenty of sass and style," 26 May 2017

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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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