confessor

noun con·fes·sor \ kən-ˈfe-sər , senses 1 & 3 also ˈkän-ˌfe-sər , sense 3 also ˈkän-fə-ˌsȯr \
|Updated on: 3 May 2018

Definition of confessor

1 : one who gives heroic evidence of faith but does not suffer martyrdom
2 : one that confesses
3 a : a priest who hears confessions
b : a priest who is one's regular spiritual guide

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First Known Use of confessor

12th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Definition of confessor for English Language Learners

  • : a priest who listens to a person's confession



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