Meaning of PRIOR in English

PRIOR

n.

Function: adjective

Etymology: Latin, former, superior; akin to Latin priscus ancient, prae before ― more at FOR

Date: 1709

1 : earlier in time or order : PREVIOUS <by prior agreement>

2 : taking precedence (as in importance)

synonyms see PRECEDING

– pri · or · ly adverb

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