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 for Priory
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Priory \Pri"o*ry\, n.; pl. Priories. [Cf. LL. prioria. See
     Prior, n.]
     A religious house presided over by a prior or prioress; --
     sometimes an offshoot of, an subordinate to, an abbey, and
     called also cell, and obedience. See Cell, 2.
     [1913 Webster]
     Note: Of such houses there were two sorts: one where the
           prior was chosen by the inmates, and governed as
           independently as an abbot in an abbey; the other where
           the priory was subordinate to an abbey, and the prior
           was placed or displaced at the will of the abbot.
           [1913 Webster]
     Alien priory, a small religious house dependent on a large
        monastery in some other country.
        [1913 Webster]
     Syn: See Cloister.
          [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: religious residence in a monastery governed by a prior or a
           convent governed by a prioress

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