Meaning of parsonage

parsonage




Parsonage is a somewhat old-fashioned term for the housing a church provides to its clergy. The priest of a church in the English countryside might live in a nearby parsonage.

Parsonage literally means “house for a parson,” and a parson is the member of the clergy, mainly in the British Anglican church, although Lutherans often use this terminology too. Other names for a parsonage include rectory, clergy house, or vicarage. One of the perks of being a priest in a small, rural church would be getting to live in a charming parsonage.

Definitions of parsonage
  1. noun

    an official residence provided by a church for its parson or vicar or rector

    synonyms:

    rectory, vicarage

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    types:

    glebe house

    a parsonage (especially one provided for the holder of a benefice)
    type of:

    residence

    the official house or establishment of an important person (as a sovereign or president)

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