Definition for PRI'OR

PRI'OR, n. [Fr. prieur; It. priore; L. prior.]

  1. The superior of a convent of monks, or one next in dignity to an abbot. Priors are claustral or conventical. The conventical are the same as abbots. A claustral prior is one that governs the religious of an abbey or priory in commendam, having his jurisdiction wholly from the abbot. – Encyc.
  2. In some churches, one who presides over others in the same churches. – Ayliffe.

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