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From Middle French rectorie, from Medieval Latin rectoria. See rector.


  • IPA(key): /ˈɹɛktəɹi/
  • Hyphenation: rec‧to‧ry


rectory (plural rectories)

  1. The residence of Roman Catholic priest(s) associated with a parish church.
    Synonym: presbytery
  2. The residence of an Anglican rector.
    Coordinate terms: vicarage, parsonage, (for both senses) manse
    • 1918, W[illiam] B[abington] Maxwell, chapter X, in The Mirror and the Lamp, Indianapolis, Ind.: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, OCLC 4293071:
      It was a joy to snatch some brief respite, and find himself in the rectory drawing–room. Listening here was as pleasant as talking; just to watch was pleasant. The young priests who lived here wore cassocks and birettas; their faces were fine and mild, yet really strong, like the rector's face; and in their intercourse with him and his wife they seemed to be brothers.