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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.

    Etymology: From prior

  2. priornoun

    A previous criminal offense on someone's record.

    Etymology: From prior

  3. priornoun

    In Bayesian inference, a prior probability distribution.

    Etymology: From prior

  4. prioradverb

    Previously.

    The doctor had known three months prior.

    Etymology: From prior

  5. prioradjective

    Of that which comes before, in advance.

    I had no prior knowledge you were coming.

    Etymology: From prior

  6. prioradjective

    former, previous

    His prior residence was smaller than his current one.

    Etymology: From prior

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

    Etymology: [OE. priour, OF. priour, prior, priur, F. prieur, from L. prior former, superior. See Prior, a.]

  2. Prioradjective

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

    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. Goldman Sachs:

    We see the company as negatively positioned with respect to the changes in the retail environment as the e-commerce channel grows, furthermore, (about) 60 percent of Unilever's sales come from (emerging markets), for which we expect structurally lower growth versus prior years and more competition in mass-market categories from local companies.

  2. Sean Hutchison:

    I absolutely deny having any sexual or romantic relationship with her before she was old enough to legally make those decisions for herself, prior to that time, I did nothing to' groom' her.

  3. Jamarcus Glover:

    $8K for him and that she had been handling all my money. CLICK HERE FOR THE FOX NEWS APP Glover denied that Taylor had any money for him and said she was not involved in any drug activities. Authorities investigating Glover prior to Taylors death had seen packages delivered to her residence addressed to Glover, and Glover was seen leaving her house with parcels that he took back to hisalleged drug house, according to the arrest affidavit. Getting shoes and clothes coming through the mail is not illegal, nothing illegal at all.

  4. Jake Basden:

    Out of courtesy, I personally texted Taylor at 9:06 p.m, June 29 to inform her prior to the story breaking on the morning of June 30 so she could hear it directly from me, i truly doubt that she' woke up to the news when everyone else did.

  5. Mike Pompeo:

    I will say that there are understandings that have been put together prior to the summit, some that took place when the president was in Singapore that I think put us on the right trajectory so that we can build out a framework for success.

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