What would be the synonym for 'house' in 'Prior(y) of London house'? (I haven't known there are such various ways to interpret the word 'house'...)

  • edit : "However, in November of that year, he was elected Prior of the London house, to which he returned."
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    This phrase means nothing to me in either version. Where have you seen it? Dec 30, 2019 at 14:18
  • There's some kind of online feature to train their translation program and I only brought a small part of one sentence to here.. It seems I should have written the whole sentence. I will edit the OP~!
    – longne
    Dec 30, 2019 at 15:16
  • Vastly insufficient context. Dec 30, 2019 at 16:49
  • Although I agree that the question has grossly insufficient detail, it does pertain to something that many English learners will find obscure (namely the field of meaning of "house") and has an excellent answer. So I vote not to close. Jan 2, 2020 at 17:06

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It would have been helpful if the OP had mentioned that the sentence comes, as Google reveals, from the Wikipedia page about John Houghton (c. 1486 – 4 May 1535), a Carthusian hermit and Catholic priest. The 'house' here is the London Charterhouse, which was, prior to the reign of Henry VIII, a Roman Catholic monastery belonging to the Carthusian Order.

John Houghton
Charterhouse (Monastery)

Regarding the usage of 'house', this word can be used for many types of building, not just a family domestic residence.

a building or part of a building that is used for a special purpose

or -

A house can also be a building or part of a building which is used by an organization:

House (Cambridge Dictionary)

  • Thank you for finding the original context..! So it was a monastery :) Your explanation is helpful. (The site I mentioned in the reply section usually provides only a small portion of some random paragraphs, hence the insufficient context.)
    – longne
    Dec 30, 2019 at 18:29
  • You can do a Google exact text search by enclosing the text in double quotes like this: "However, in November of that year, he was elected Prior of the London house, to which he returned." link here Dec 30, 2019 at 18:55

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