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.]
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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
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