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Meaning of prior

pri•or

Pronunciation: (prī'ur), [key]
—n.
  1. a prior conviction.

pri•or

Pronunciation: (prī'ur), [key]
  1. an officer in a monastic order or religious house, sometimes next in rank below an abbot.
  2. a chief magistrate, as in the medieval republic of Florence.

Pri•or

Pronunciation: (prī'ur), [key]
  1. 1664–1721, English poet.
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