From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary EnglishPriestley, J. B.J. B. PriestleyPriest‧ley, J. B. /ˈpriːstli/(1894–1984) a Britishwriter of novels, such as The Good Companions, and plays, such as An Inspector Calls and Dangerous Corner. He also wrote about literature, travel, and society, and he often broadcast on the radio during World War II.