noun pres·by·ter \ˈprez-bə-tər, ˈpres-\

Definition of presbyter

  1. 1 :  a member of the governing body of an early Christian church

  2. 2 :  a member of the order of priests in churches having episcopal hierarchies that include bishops, priests, and deacons

  3. 3 :  elder 4b


play \prez-ˈbi-tə-rət, pres-, -ˌrāt\ noun

Origin and Etymology of presbyter

Late Latin, elder, priest, from Greek presbyteros, comparative of presbys old man, elder; akin to Greek pro before and Greek bainein to go — more at for, come

First Known Use: before 12th century

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