One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A rector's house.
- ‘We created a self-contained house within the rectory, comprising mainly the attic, with steep stairs going through a couple of rooms in the lower floors.’
- ‘At Croft the family lived in a large rectory with a wonderful garden but chose to live much more simply than they might have done.’
- ‘I also sought out smaller houses, manors, rectories and cottages that can be visited by the public.’
- ‘He died at his brother's house, the rectory at Long Stratton, Norfolk.’
- ‘He will be residing in the refurbished rectory in Riverstown with his wife, Bridget and their three children.’
- 1.1 A Church of England benefice held by a rector.
Mid 16th century: from Old French rectorie or medieval Latin rectoria, from Latin rector (see rector).
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