parnas

noun
par·​nas
variants: or parnass \ pärˈnäs , ˈ⸗ˌ⸗ \
plural parnasim or parnassim\ ˌ⸗ˌnäˈsēm , -​sim \

Definition of parnas

: the chief administrative officer of a Jewish congregation

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History and Etymology for parnas

Late Hebrew parnās manager

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“Parnas.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/parnas. Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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