priest

noun \ ˈprēst \
Updated on: 10 Dec 2017

Definition of priest

: one authorized to perform the sacred rites of a religion especially as a mediatory agent between humans and God; specifically : an Anglican, Eastern Orthodox, or Roman Catholic clergyman ranking below a bishop and above a deacon

Examples of priest in a Sentence

  1. He was ordained as a Roman Catholic priest.

  2. searched for a priest who could perform an exorcism

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Origin and Etymology of priest

Middle English preist, from Old English prēost, ultimately from Late Latin presbyter — more at presbyter

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PRIEST Defined for English Language Learners

priest

noun

Definition of priest for English Language Learners

  • : a person who has the authority to lead or perform ceremonies in some religions and especially in some Christian religions


PRIEST Defined for Kids

priest

noun \ ˈprēst \

Definition of priest for Students

: a person who has the authority to lead or perform religious ceremonies


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