priory definition by Webster's New World
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noun pl. priories
a monastery governed by a prior, or a convent governed by a prioress, sometimes as a subordinate branch of an abbey
Origin: Middle English ; from Anglo-French priorie ; from Midieval Latin prioria
priory definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. pri·or·ies
A monastery governed by a prior or a convent governed by a prioress.