prior

Part of speech: adverb

Previously.

Part of speech:

Prioress.

Part of speech: adjective

Preceding; previous.

Part of speech: noun

A monastio officer next below an abbot.

Part of speech: noun

Priorate.

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Usage examples "prior":

  1. However, Mit had not yet succeeded in his purpose, and the southpaw was on hand to maintain a prior claim. - "Lefty Locke Pitcher-Manager", Burt L. Standish.
  2. Several addressed each other as Lord Abbot, or Reverend Prior, of this or that religious institution, thus indicating the means by which some of them hoped to mend their broken fortunes. - "Project Gutenberg History of The Netherlands, 1555-1623, Complete", John Lothrop Motley.
  3. His manner was never one to be disputed, there was an atmosphere of obedience about the whole monastery, and the Prior added- 'Yes, my children, it is but fitting that you should give thanks in the church for your unlooked- for deliverance. - "The Caged Lion", Charlotte M. Yonge.