preach·​er | \ ˈprē-chər How to pronounce preacher (audio) \
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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The first known use of preacher was in the 13th century

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“Preacher.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 13 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of preacher

: a person who speaks publicly about religious subjects in a Christian church or other public place


preach·​er | \ ˈprē-chər \

Kids Definition of preacher

1 : a person who gives sermons

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easily led, controlled, or managed

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