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 The unexpected visitors spent two nights taking shelter in the rectory hall of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Edgartown, Mass., and were cared for by its members. Christine Rousselle, Fox News, 21 Sep. 2022 His solution was to use manmade stone to replace the brick, which would reflect the use of stone on the nearby rectory and other church structures. Rich Heileman, cleveland, 2 Sep. 2022 Officials are offering rewards of up to $5,000 for those with information about the rectory fire in Arlington that took place early Tuesday morning. Matt Yan,, 21 June 2022 There was even talk of housing workers here on student visas in the rectory of a church. Andrew Brinker,, 13 July 2022 On Palm Sunday, April 8, 1979, an arsonist broke into the rectory and set fire to the basement stairway, causing extensive smoke damage. Erik S. Hanley, Journal Sentinel, 22 June 2022 The fire was reported shortly before 1:30 a.m. after an Arlington police officer saw smoke in the area of 22 Appleton St., which is a church rectory, according to a statement from the Department of Fire Services. Matt Yan,, 21 June 2022 The rectory for Most Holy Redeemer Church is a modest white building on Diamond Street in the Castro. Kevin Fisher-paulson, San Francisco Chronicle, 31 May 2022 Parishioners rebuilt the church, but a second fire in January 1926 destroyed the church and rectory. Erik S. Hanley, Journal Sentinel, 22 June 2022 See More

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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 5 Oct. 2022.

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