priesthood

noun priest·hood \ ˈprēst-ˌhu̇d , ˈprē-ˌstu̇d \
|Updated on: 20 Jun 2018

Definition of priesthood

1 : the office, dignity, or character of a priest
2 : the whole body of priests
3 : elite 1
  • the priesthood of the art world

Examples of priesthood in a Sentence

  1. an ancient civilization that was ruled by a priesthood

  2. What is the influence of the priesthood in today's society?

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First Known Use of priesthood

before 12th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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PRIESTHOOD Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of priesthood for English Language Learners

  • the priesthood : the job of being a priest

  • : a group of priests in a particular religion



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