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


rectory (plural rectories)

  1. The residence of Roman Catholic priest(s) associated with a parish church.
  2. The residence of an Anglican rector.
    Coordinate terms: vicarage, parsonage, manse (for both senses)
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 10, in The Mirror and the Lamp:
      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.