rectory

noun
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 Leukas dries the herbs in the rectory and then puts them in small packets. Myrna Petlicki, chicagotribune.com, 20 July 2021 In December, agents of the Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force raided McWilliams’ office and living space at the Strongsville church’s rectory. John Caniglia, cleveland, 2 July 2021 The home was sold in 1924 to Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and ultimately became the rectory. Carrie Napoleon, chicagotribune.com, 1 July 2021 They were married two days after her 18th birthday in the rectory of St. Benedict’s Church. Terry Pluto, cleveland, 8 May 2021 The painter Giotto -- one of the most famous of the early Renaissance -- influenced local artists, whose work will be shown in the rectory of the local church. Julia Buckley, CNN, 23 June 2021 The three-and-half-story neo-Gothic rectory, designed by the cathedral’s architect, James Renwick Jr., has been home to members of the clergy since the 1880s. Matthew Sedacca, Curbed, 14 June 2021 In December, the Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force raided McWilliams’ living space at the Strongsville church’s rectory. John Caniglia, cleveland, 2 July 2020 Having them in his rectory bedroom, often one-on-one. James Queally, Los Angeles Times, 14 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of rectory

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Rectory.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rectory. Accessed 5 Aug. 2021.

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rectory

noun

English Language Learners Definition of rectory

: the house where the rector of a Christian church lives

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