Prior means having happened in the past.(adjective)
An example of prior is a criminal conviction that happened ten years ago.
The definition of a prior is the head of a home where monks live.(noun)
An example of a prior is the person in charge of a religious house such as a priory.
See prior in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: L, former, superior, compar. of OL pri, before: see prime
Origin: ME < OE & OFr, both < ML(Ec), a prior < L: see priorthe
See prior in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Latin; see prior2.
Origin: Middle English priour
Origin: , from Old English
Origin: and Old French prior
Origin: , both from Medieval Latin
Origin: , from Latin, superior; see per1 in Indo-European roots.
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