Definitions for priorˈpraɪ ər

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. prior(adj)

    the head of a religious order; in an abbey the prior is next below the abbot

  2. anterior, prior(a)(adj)

    earlier in time

Wiktionary

  1. prior(Noun)

    A high-ranking member of a monastery, usually lower in rank than an abbot.

  2. prior(Noun)

    A previous criminal offense on someone's record.

  3. prior(Noun)

    In Bayesian inference, a prior probability distribution.

  4. prior(Adverb)

    Previously.

    The doctor had known three months prior.

  5. prior(Adjective)

    Of that which comes before, in advance.

    I had no prior knowledge you were coming.

  6. prior(Adjective)

    former, previous

    His prior residence was smaller than his current one.

  7. Origin: From prior

Webster Dictionary

  1. Prior(adj)

    preceding in the order of time; former; antecedent; anterior; previous; as, a prior discovery; prior obligation; -- used elliptically in cases like the following: he lived alone [in the time] prior to his marriage

  2. Prior(adj)

    the superior of a priory, and next below an abbot in dignity

  3. Origin: [OE. priour, OF. priour, prior, priur, F. prieur, from L. prior former, superior. See Prior, a.]

Freebase

  1. Prior

    Prior is an ecclesiastical title, derived from the Latin adjective for "earlier, first", with several notable uses.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Prior

    prī′or, adj. former: previous: coming before in time.—n. the head of a priory: (in Italy) formerly a chief magistrate:—fem. Prī′oress.—ns. Prī′orāte, Prī′orship, the government or office of a prior: the time during which a prior is in office; Prior′ity, state of being prior or first in time, place, or rank: preference; Prī′ory, a convent of either sex, under a prior or prioress, and next in rank below an abbey. [L. prior, former, comp. from pro-, in front.]

British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'prior' in Adjectives Frequency: #889

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of prior in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of prior in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Pastor Mike Olive:

    It was pretty shocking, we had no prior warning.

  2. Ralph Waldo Emerson:

    Fate is nothing but the deeds committed in a prior state of existence.

  3. Francis M. Faber Jr.:

    My friend Josephus dons heavy wool sox prior to 'bootin-up' with his PC!

  4. Francis M. Faber Jr.:

    My friend Josephus dons heavy wool sox prior to 'booting-up' up' his PC!

  5. Wilson Mizner:

    The days just prior to marriage are like a snappy introduction to a tedious book.

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