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pastor

noun pas·tor \ ˈpa-stər \

Definition of pastor

: a spiritual overseer; especially : a clergyman serving a local church or parish

pastorship

play \ˈpa-stər-ˌship\ noun

Origin and Etymology of pastor

Middle English pastour, from Anglo-French, from Latin pastor herdsman, from pascere to feed — more at food

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pastor

verb

Definition of pastor

pastored; pastoring play \ˈpa-st(ə-)riŋ\
transitive verb
: to serve as pastor of
  • pastor a church

First Known Use of pastor

1623

Other Christian Religious Terms


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pastor

noun pas·tor \ pä-ˈstȯr \

Definition of pastor

chiefly Southwest

Origin and Etymology of pastor

Spanish, from Latin


PASTOR Defined for Kids

pastor

noun pas·tor \ ˈpa-stər \

Definition of pastor for Students

: a minister or priest in charge of a church


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