• WordNet 3.6
    • n rectory an official residence provided by a church for its parson or vicar or rector
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Rectory A rector's mansion; a parsonage house.
    • Rectory The province of a rector; a parish church, parsonage, or spiritual living, with all its rights, tithes, and glebes.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n rectory A parish church, parsonage, or spiritual living, with all its rights, tithes, and glebes.
    • n rectory A rector's mansion or parsonage-house.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Rectory the province or mansion of a rector
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. OF. rectorie, or rectorerie, LL. rectoria,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.,—regĕre, rectum, to rule.


In literature:

The play opens in the rose-garden of a rural rectory in the sweet, green valley of the shining Nidd.
"Shadows of the Stage" by William Winter
On the wall of the rectory he had traced a Virgin, before which the most pious old women in the village stopped with deep sighs.
"Woman Triumphant" by Vicente Blasco Ibañez
Lady Blair she had never heard of, nor the inmates of Grimshaw Rectory.
"Franklin Kane" by Anne Douglas Sedgwick
EARNLEY RECTORY, 87, 281, 297.
"Charlotte Bronte and Her Circle" by Clement K. Shorter
One of the young gentlemen from the rectory, and a young lady, who was very near late, poor thing, and all wet with snow.
"The Danvers Jewels, and Sir Charles Danvers" by Mary Cholmondeley
The poor girl was dreadfully agitated; her master has broken his leg and is lying helpless: number 280 Rectory Grove.
"The Devil Doctor" by Sax Rohmer
The church and rectory were situated on a hill and the priest stood in his doorway and looked down upon the town below.
"The Alchemist's Secret" by Isabel Cecilia Williams
The Rectory, adjoining it, is of the same material.
"Lights and Shadows of New York Life" by James D. McCabe
The last herd to come was the dean's own, from the rectory farm.
"Tell Me Another Story" by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey
The magistrate was just mounting at a little distance his own horse, which was held by the Rectory boy.
"By What Authority?" by Robert Hugh Benson

In poetry:

They are going to pull down the old rectory next year,
So I hear,
And put up an ugly little red
Brick one instead . . .
"The Old Rectory" by Cicely Fox Smith

In news:

The Bereavement Group of St Joseph Church, Jim Thorpe, will meet on Monday, Feb 1 at 7 pm in the church rectory at 526 North St. For more information, call the rectory at 570 325-3731.
These two sweet boys thought life was great, living in the rectory of a local church.
Father Dan Mallette was ordered to leave the rectory at St Margaret of Scotland church after he turned 80 because of church rules.
Retiring Chicago Priest Refuses to Leave Rectory .
Mary's ex-parishioners are opposed to public auction of rectory .
Priest beaten, robbed in South Side rectory .
Former rectory in Dupont area a blessed find.
A Catholic priest was found slain Friday morning in his clerical robes in the rectory of his northern New Jersey parish, and authorities warned that a killer was on the loose.
Salvo pays a visit to the rectory.
She married Neil E Wonderly on July 10, 1941, at St Leo's Rectory.
Baroque and Georgian English Rectory.
"We moved here 21 years ago and it's been a lovely family home," said the owner of the Old Rectory, Elizabeth Acworth.
The festivities begin with worship at 10 am and then the picnic immediately follows at 11:30 am, at the rectory, 41 Woodland Ave.
BUFFALO (WKBW) Father Joe Moreno was the sacramental administrator at St Lawrence Parish in Buffalo, and was found dead inside the parish rectory Saturday afternoon by Deacon Paul Weisenburger.
I am writing with regard to the article about the possible demolition of the old rectory, or as we call it, "wrecktory", at Christ Episcopal Church.