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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

PRIESTS Defined for Kids


noun \ˈprēst\

Definition of PRIEST for Kids

:  a person who has the authority to lead or perform religious ceremonies
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