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Definitions of prior

  1. The head of a convent or monastery, next in rank below an abbot. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  2. The head of a priory:-fem. PRIORESS. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  3. Priority. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  4. The head of a priory. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  5. A monastio officer next below an abbot. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  6. Priorate. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  7. One placed before others in rank or authority; the superior in a convent of monks, inferior to an abbot. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  8. Prioress. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  9. First, precedent, or superior in the order of cognition, reason or generality, origin, development, rank, etc. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. Preceding in the order of time; former; antecedent; anterior; previous; as, a prior discovery; prior obligation; -- used elliptically in cases like the following: he lived alone [in the time] prior to his marriage. Newage Dictionary DB
  11. The superior of a priory, and next below an abbot in dignity. Newage Dictionary DB
  12. Going before in time or order; previous. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  13. Former: previous: coming before in time. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  14. Previous; former. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  15. Preceding; previous. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  16. Former; previous; antecedent. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  17. The superior of a convent of monks, or one next in dignity to an abbot. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.

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Usage examples for prior

  1. Even prior to the war Germany had placed hundreds of thousands of persons upon the state- owned farms and on private estates which had been acquired by the government for this purpose. – Modern American Prose Selections by Various
  2. We do not provide prior consent to being born. – Moral Deliberations in Modern Cinema by Sam Vaknin
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