al·​tar·​ist | \ ˈȯltərə̇st \
plural -s

Definition of altarist

: one that attends at an altar specifically : vicar

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First Known Use of altarist

circa 1753, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for altarist

Medieval Latin altarista, from Latin altare altar + -ista -ist

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“Altarist.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

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