noun \ˈprēst\

: a person who has the authority to lead or perform ceremonies in some religions and especially in some Christian religions

Full Definition of PRIEST

:  one authorized to perform the sacred rites of a religion especially as a mediatory agent between humans and God; specifically :  an Anglican, Eastern Orthodox, or Roman Catholic clergyman ranking below a bishop and above a deacon

Examples of PRIEST

  1. He was ordained as a Roman Catholic priest.
  2. <searched for a priest who could perform an exorcism>

Origin of PRIEST

Middle English preist, from Old English prēost, ultimately from Late Latin presbyter — more at presbyter
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Christian Religious Terms

Pentateuch, blasphemy, curate, doxology, eremite, iconoclasm, liturgy, orison, pneuma, reliquary

Rhymes with PRIEST


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