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Sense: 1-2
Date: 1900-2000
Origin: PRIOR1
Sense: 3
Date: 1000-1100
Language: Medieval Latin
Origin: Latin (adjective); PRIOR1

prior

2 noun
     
Related topics: Christianity
prior2 [countable]
1RRC the man in charge of a priory
2RRC the priest next in rank to the person in charge of an abbey
3 informal a previous occasion when someone was found guilty of a crime:
two priors for homicide

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