Preceptory meaning

prĭ-sĕp'tə-rē, prē'sĕp-
A chapter of a medieval military order such as the Knights Templars or of a modern fraternal order.
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A building serving as an administrative or ritual center for such a chapter.
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A provincial community or religious house of the medieval Knights Templars, subordinate to the London Temple.
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Its estates.
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A community of the Knights Templar, or the physical buildings or estate of such a community.

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Origin of preceptory

  • From mediaeval Latin praeceptoria, noun use of the feminine of praeceptorius "˜commanding'.
    From Wiktionary