Priories

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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Priory \Pri"o*ry\, noun; pl. {Priories}. [Cf. LL. prioria. See {Prior}, noun] A religious house presided over by a prior or prioress; -- sometimes an offshoot of, an subordinate to, an abbey, and called also {cell}, and {obedience}. See {Cell}, 2.

Note: Of such houses there were two sorts: one where the prior was chosen by the inmates, and governed as independently as an abbot in an abbey; the other where the priory was subordinate to an abbey, and the prior was placed or displaced at the will of the abbot.

{Alien priory}, a small religious house dependent on a large monastery in some other country.

Syn: See {Cloister}.


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