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pri·or1 / ˈprīər/ • adj. existing or coming before in time, order, or importance: he has a prior engagement this evening. • n. inf. a previous criminal conviction: he had no juvenile record, no priors. PHRASES: prior to before a particular time or event: she visited me on the day prior to her death. pri·or2 • n. a man who is head of a house or group of houses of certain religious orders, in particular: ∎  the man next in rank below an abbot. ∎  the head of a house of friars. DERIVATIVES: pri·or·ate / ˈprīərət/ n. pri·or·ship / ship/ n.

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prior1 officer of an abbey next below the abbot; head of offshoot of an abbey. XI. Late OE. prior, reinforced in ME. by OF. pri(o)ur (mod. prieur) — L. prior (-ōr-), sb. use of prior former, elder, superior, compar. f. OL. pri (præ PRE-) before.
So prioress (-ESS1) XXIII. — OF. prioresse. priory (-Y3) XIII. — AN. priorie, medL. priōria.

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prior the male head of a house or group of houses of certain religious orders, in particular, the man next in rank below an abbot, the head of a house of friars. Recorded from late Old English, the word comes from a medieval Latin noun use of Latin prior ‘elder, former’.

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prior2 earlier, anterior; also adv. XVIII. — L.; see prec.
So priority XIV. — (O)F. — medL.

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