Definitions for priorˈpraɪ ər
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the head of a religious order; in an abbey the prior is next below the abbot
earlier in time
A high-ranking member of a monastery, usually lower in rank than an abbot.
A previous criminal offense on someone's record.
In Bayesian inference, a prior probability distribution.
The doctor had known three months prior.
Of that which comes before, in advance.
I had no prior knowledge you were coming.
His prior residence was smaller than his current one.
Origin: From prior
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
the superior of a priory, and next below an abbot in dignity
Origin: [OE. priour, OF. priour, prior, priur, F. prieur, from L. prior former, superior. See Prior, a.]
Prior is an ecclesiastical title, derived from the Latin adjective for "earlier, first", with several notable uses.
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