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Definitions of prior

  1. earlier in time Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. the head of a religious order; in an abbey the prior is next below the abbot Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. First, precedent, or superior in the order of cognition, reason or generality, origin, development, rank, etc. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. 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
  5. The superior of a priory, and next below an abbot in dignity. Newage Dictionary DB
  6. Previously. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  7. Going before in time or order; previous. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  8. 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.
  9. Prioress. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  10. Former: previous: coming before in time. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  11. The head of a priory:-fem. PRIORESS. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  12. Previous; former. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  13. Priority. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  14. The head of a priory. 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. A monastio officer next below an abbot. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  17. Priorate. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  18. Former; previous; antecedent. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  19. 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.
  20. Coming before in the order of time; preceding; foregoing. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  21. 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.
  22. Lat. The former; earlier; preceding ; preferable or preferred. thelawdictionary.org
  23. Earlier; elder; preceding; superior in rank, right, or time; as, a prior lien, mortgage, or judgment. See Fidelity, etc., Safe Deposit Co. v. Roanoke Iron Co. (C. C.) 81 Fed. 447. Prior tempore potior jure. He who is first in time is preferred in right Co. Litt 14a; Broom, Max. 354, 358. thelawdictionary.org
  24. The chief of a convent; next in dignity to an abbot. thelawdictionary.org
  25. pr[=i]'or, adj. former: previous: coming before in time.--n. the head of a priory: (in Italy) formerly a chief magistrate:--fem. PR[=I]'ORESS.--ns. PR[=I]'OR[=A]TE, PR[=I]'ORSHIP, the government or office of a prior: the time during which a prior is in office; PRIOR'ITY, state of being prior or first in time, place, or rank: preference; PR[=I]'ORY, a convent of either sex, under a prior or prioress, and next in rank below an abbey. [L. prior, former, comp. from pro-, in front.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  26. First, foremost,' as. Medical Lexicon. A Dictionary of Medical Science
  27. Superior officer of religious house or order, (in abbey) officer next under abbot, so prioress n.; (Hist.) chief magistrate in some Italian republics. Hence or cogn. priorate (1), priorship, nn. [old English] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  28. Earlier; antecedent in time, order, or importance, (to); (adv.) existing p. to his appointment, &c. So priority n. [Latin] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  29. n. [Latin] The superior of a priory ; one next in dignity to an abbot. Cabinet Dictionary

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