par·​son | \ ˈpär-sᵊn How to pronounce parson (audio) \

Definition of parson

1 : rector
2 : clergyman especially : a Protestant pastor

Examples of parson in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The most helpless of all beings is a poor parson, of an Evening, in London in Wet Weather—without a carriage. Verlyn Klinkenborg, The New York Review of Books, 14 May 2020 In this 1952 British film, a country parson (Ralph Richardson) with a reputation of caring more for his parishioners than his own family hosts his son (Denholm Elliott) and daughter (Margaret Leighton) for Christmas. Tribune News Service, oregonlive, 6 Dec. 2019 But there’s a hitch: Penelope has been abducted by a romantic rival and needs rescuing, Samuel eventually tells the parson. Michael Phillips,, 28 June 2018 Books had an aura of hierarchy and patriarchy: the parson in his pulpit, the politician at the dispatch box, the professor on the podium, paterfamilias in his armchair. John Sutherland, New York Times, 2 Jan. 2018 In 1903, it was sold to the Congregational Church of New Fairfield and served as the parson’s residence for more than half a century. Susan Hodara, New York Times, 25 Oct. 2017 For some years, the parsons of the sports press have pushed the idea that demonstrations of high-level athletic skill, the result of uncountable hours of practice, were morally insufficient. Daniel Henninger, WSJ, 27 Sep. 2017 Parsons said Brynjarsdottir will once again be available when the Thorns travel to Washington Saturday. Jamie Goldberg,, 21 June 2017 Parsons, who was then the coach of the Washington Spirit, had tuned in to a match between Brisbane and the Melbourne Victory to watch Spirit player Christine Nairn compete on loan with Melbourne. Jamie Goldberg,, 6 July 2017

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First Known Use of parson

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for parson

Middle English persone, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin persona, literally, person, from Latin

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English Language Learners Definition of parson

: a minister who is in charge of a parish
: a member of the clergy and especially a Protestant pastor


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