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Prior (IPA: /ˈpɹaɪɝ/)

Prior (a.)

Preceding in the order of time; former; antecedent; anterior; previous; as, a prior discovery; prior obligation; -- used elliptically in cases like the following: he lived alone [in the time] prior to his marriage.

Prior (a.)

The superior of a priory, and next below an abbot in dignity.


Ecclesiastical title for a monastic superior


Family name


Street in Grootebroek, the Netherlands


Civil parish in County Kerry, Ireland


Operatic character in the opera Le jongleur de Notre-Dame by Jules Massenet

Prior Synonyms

Antecedent, Preceding, Anterior

PRIOR (Acronym / Abbreviation)

Program for In-Orbit Rendezvous

Prior Rhymes

Ayer, Beier, Bleier, Breier, Briar, Brier, Bryer, Buyer, Byer, Choir, Crier, Cryer, Dire, Dreier, Drier, Dryer, Dwyer, Dyar, Dyer, Eyer, Fire, Flier, Flyer, Friar, Frier, Fryar, Fryer, Geier, Grier, Guier, Guyer, Heier, Hier, Higher, Hire, Hyer, Iyer, Kleier, Klier, Krier, Kyer, Leier, Liar, Meier, Meyer, Mier, Mire, Myer, Neier, Plier, Prier, Prior, Pryer, Pryor, Pyre, Ryer, Scheier, Schier, Schneier, Schnier, Schreier, Schrier, Schryer, Schwier, Seier, Shier, Sire, Speier, Spier, Squier, Steier, Stier, Styer, Swier, Tire, Trier, Tyer, Viar, Wire, Wyer

Acquire, Attire, Conspire, Denier, Desire, Enquire, Entire, Mcbryar, Mcguyer, Mctier, Misfire, Require, Retire, Rewire, Supplier, Transpire

Dubilier, Yzaguirre

Prior (Last Name / Surname)

Prior is the #5,154 most common last name / surname from the 2010 United States Census. The census reported that 6,787 people had that surname.

Spanish Translation

Prior in Spanish is Anterior

Tagalog Translation

Prior in Tagalog is Nauna

Example Sentence (Quote)

" (After kissing a cancer striken scientist, prior to his execution) So that's what death tastes like." - Terminator Salvation

Example Sentence (Quote)

" But... I... (said immediately prior to death)" - Death Note

Example Sentence (Quote)

" Sacrificing anonymity may be the next generation's price for keeping precious liberty, as prior generations paid in blood.]" - Liberty

Example Sentence (Quote)

" This fact... proves that space measurements are reducible to time measurements. Time is therefore logically prior to space." - Hans Reichenbach

Example Sentence (Quote)

" When we affirm that philosophy begins with wonder, we are affirming in effect that sentiment is prior to reason." - Philosophy

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