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.

British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

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


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