preceptory[prē sep′tə rē, pri-]
- a provincial community or religious house of the medieval Knights Templars, subordinate to the London Temple
- its estates
Origin of preceptoryMedieval Latin praeceptoria, estate of a preceptor ; from Classical Latin praeceptor: see precept
- A chapter of a medieval military order such as the Knights Templars or of a modern fraternal order.
- A building serving as an administrative or ritual center for such a chapter.
- A community of the Knights Templar, or the physical buildings or estate of such a community.
- 1819: “The most petty baron may arrest, try, and condemn a witch found within his own domain. And shall that power be denied to the Grand Master of the Temple within a preceptory of his Order?” — Walter Scott, Ivanhoe
From mediaeval Latin praeceptoria, noun use of the feminine of praeceptorius ‘commanding’.