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starets

noun sta·rets \ˈstär-əts, -yəts\
plural star·tsy \ˈstärt-sē\

Definition of STARETS

:  a spiritual director or religious teacher in the Eastern Orthodox Church; specifically :  a spiritual adviser who is not necessarily a priest, who is recognized for his piety, and who is turned to by monks or laymen for spiritual guidance
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Origin of STARETS

Russian, from staryĭ old — more at stour
First Known Use: 1917

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