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5 definitions found
 for Prior
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Prior \Pri"or\, n. [OE. priour, OF. priour, prior, priur, F.
     prieur, from L. prior former, superior. See Prior, a.]
     1. (Eccl.) The superior of a priory, and next below an abbot
        in dignity.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. a chief magistrate, as in the republic of Florence in the
        middle ages. --[RHUD]
        [PJC]
  
     Conventical prior, or Conventual prior, a prior who is at
        the head of his own house. See the Note under Priory.
  
     Claustral prior, an official next in rank to the abbot in a
        monastery; prior of the cloisters.
        [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Prior \Pri"or\, n.
     a prior conviction; -- said of an accused criminal.
     [informal]
     [PJC]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Prior \Pri"or\, a. [L. prior former, previous, better, superior;
     compar. corresponding to primus first, and pro for. See
     Former, and cf. Prime, a., and Pre-, Pro-.]
     1. 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.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. First, precedent, or superior in the order of cognition,
        reason or generality, origin, development, rank, etc.
        [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  prior
      adj 1: earlier in time [syn: anterior, prior(a)]
      n 1: the head of a religious order; in an abbey the prior is
           next below the abbot

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  64 Moby Thesaurus words for "prior":
     ahead, ancient, antecedent, anterior, anticipatory, before, chief,
     ci-devant, earlier, early, elder, erstwhile, ex, exordial, first,
     fore, foregoing, foremost, former, forward, heading, headmost,
     immemorial, inaugural, initiatory, last, late, latest, leading,
     old, olden, older, once, onetime, past, precedent, preceding,
     precessional, precurrent, precursory, preexistent, prefatory,
     prehistoric, preliminary, preludial, prelusive, preparatory,
     prevenient, previous, previous to, prime, primeval, primitive,
     prior to, proemial, propaedeutic, quondam, recent, senior,
     sometime, then, till, until, whilom
  
  

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