Synonyms for Prior:

adj.

all (adjective)
anterior.
earlier (adjective)
former, past, preceding, anterior, before, previous, antecedent.
in the beginning (adjective)
early.

n.

the Archbishop of Canterbury, archbishopric, bishopric, study at previous. early, precede, Since, barely, before, by the time, advance. time. clergy (noun)
clergyman, chaplain, sister, preacher, prelate, archpriest, missionary, archdeacon, abbess, abbot, vicar, cardinal, friar, reverend, ecclesiastic, curate, bishop, monk, pilgrim, priest, archbishop, Canoness, evangelist, rector, brother, prioress, minister, pope, nun, canon, cleric, father, novice, pastor.
prior (noun)
anterior, antecedent, preceding.

Other synonyms:

barely, Since. before. early. advance.

Usage examples for prior

  1. Prior to the existence of the telescope we have no observation to guide us; we cannot, therefore, be absolutely certain as to the earlier history of this star, yet it is only reasonable to suppose that 61 Cygni has been moving from remote antiquity with a velocity comparable with that it has at present. – The Story of the Heavens by Robert Stawell Ball
  2. He rose with a cry of joy, " O Father Prior 'tis thy prayer hath done this!" – A Child's Book of Saints by William Canton
  3. " Forever in this humble cell, Let thee and I, my fair one, dwell" - Prior – How to Speak and Write Correctly by Joseph Devlin