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.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
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
Rank popularity for the word 'prior' in Adjectives Frequency: #889
The numerical value of prior in Chaldean Numerology is: 2
The numerical value of prior in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Fate is nothing but the deeds committed in a prior state of existence.
The days just prior to marriage are like a snappy introduction to a tedious book.
Every region has stepped up and is expected to produce at, or above, its prior guidance range, and below prior cost guidance ranges.
Discussions are ongoing for Mueller to assume the post of MAS (New Company) CEO at a date prior to May 1, 2015, but no earlier than March 1, 2015.
He is not responsible for any actions that the U.S. government has taken. Please understand that we had no prior knowledge of the rescue attempt for Luke, and we mean no harm to anyone.
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