preacher

noun
preach·​er | \ˈprē-chər \
plural preachers

Definition of preacher 

: one who preaches: such as

a : a person who delivers a sermon publicly a street preacher

b : one whose function is to preach sermons : pastor, minister She waited patiently on a Sunday morning until the crowd had said good-by to the preacher.— Don Jeffries "What kind of preacher are you? What denomination?" "I was ordained in a Baptist church, but I'm sort of nondenominational now."— John Grisham

c : one who inculcates or exhorts something earnestly or officiously … he was an ardent preacher of gentlemanly ethics …— Paul Schullery … he was perceived by the larger world, not inaccurately, as a preacher of the hatred.— Nicholas Lemann

First Known Use of preacher

13th century, in the meaning defined above

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preacher

noun
preach·​er | \ˈprē-chər\

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1 : a person who gives sermons

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