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From Old French priorite, from Latin prioritas.


  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /pɹaɪˈɒɹɨti/
  • (General American) enPR: prī-ôrʹĭ-tē, IPA(key): /pɹaɪˈɔɹɪ̈ti/
  • Rhymes: -ɒɹɪti
  • Hyphenation: pri‧or‧i‧ty


priority (countable and uncountable, plural priorities)

  1. An item's relative importance.
    He set his e-mail message's priority to high.
  2. A goal of a person or an organisation.
    She needs to get her priorities straight and stop playing games.
  3. The quality of being earlier or coming first compared to another thing; the state of being prior.
    In bankruptcy law, a business' debt to its employees has priority over its debt to a landlord, so the employees must be paid first.
  4. (taxonomy, of a name) A superior claim to use by virtue of being validly published at an earlier date.
  5. (obsolete) Precedence; superior rank.
    • 1608, William Shakespeare, The Tragedy of Coriolanus, I. i. 244:
      Follow Cominius. We must follow you. / Right worthy you priority.

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