- Prior means having happened in the past.
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.
An example of a prior is the person in charge of a religious house such as a priory.
prior definition by Webster's New World
- preceding in time; earlier; previous; former
- preceding in order or importance; preferred: a prior choice
Origin: Classical Latin former, superior, comparative of Old Latin pri, before: see prime
- the head of a priory or other religious house
- in an abbey, the person in charge next below the abbot
Origin: ME < OE & OFr, both < ML(Ec), a prior < L: see priorthe
prior definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Preceding in time or order: “[They] insist that foreign vessels seeking access obtain prior approval” (Seymour M. Hersh).
- Preceding in importance or value: a prior consideration.
Origin: Latin; see prior2.
- priˈor·ly adverb
- A monastic officer in charge of a priory or ranking next below the abbot of an abbey.
- One of the ruling magistrates of the medieval Italian republic of Florence.
Origin: Middle English priour, from Old English and Old French prior, both from Medieval Latin, from Latin, superior; see per1 in Indo-European roots.
- priˈor·ate , priˈor·shipˌ noun
prior - Phrases/Idioms