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ˈpraɪ ərPri·or

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. prioradjective

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

  2. anterior, prior(a)adjective

    earlier in time

Wiktionary

  1. priornoun

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

  2. priornoun

    A previous criminal offense on someone's record.

  3. priornoun

    In Bayesian inference, a prior probability distribution.

  4. prioradverb

    Previously.

    The doctor had known three months prior.

  5. prioradjective

    Of that which comes before, in advance.

    I had no prior knowledge you were coming.

  6. prioradjective

    former, previous

    His prior residence was smaller than his current one.

  7. Etymology: From prior

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. PRIORadjective

    Former; being before something else; antecedent; anterior.

    Etymology: prior, Lat.

    Whenever tempted to do or approve any thing contrary to the duties we are enjoined, let us reflect that we have a prior and superior obligation to the commands of Christ. John Rogers.

  2. Priornoun

    Etymology: prieur, Fr.

    Neither she, nor any other, besides the prior of the convent, knew any thing of his name. Joseph Addison, Spectator.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Prioradjective

    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. Prioradjective

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

  3. Etymology: [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

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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

Examples of Prior in a Sentence

  1. Matt Smith:

    A drop in refinery utilization helped to offset lower imports, leading to a solid build to crude inventories, despite lower refinery runs, gasoline stocks still showed a build, with throughput edging lower on the prior week.

  2. Donald Trump on Wednesday:

    If you go with what Hillary is saying, in the ninth month you can take the baby and rip the baby out of the womb of the mother just prior to the birth of the baby, now, you can say that that's okay, and Hillary can say that that's okay, but it's not okay with me.

  3. Mark Carney:

    Evidence is mixed, and the baseline for comparison should not be the unsustainable excess liquidity that existed prior to the crisis.

  4. Mark Esper:

    We learned that several days prior, Secretary Spencer had proposed a deal whereby if the President allowed the Navy to handle the case, he would guarantee that Eddie Gallagher would be restored to rank, allowed to retain his Trident and permitted to retire.

  5. Harry Tchilinguirian:

    King Salman was already involved in policy making prior to the passing of the king, so from that perspective, if he helped set the agenda, he will maintain that agenda.

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