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
He was ordained as a Roman Catholic priest.
<searched for a priest who could perform an exorcism>
Origin and Etymology of priest
Middle English preist, from Old English prēost, ultimately from Late Latin presbyter — more at presbyter
First Known Use: before 12th century
PRIEST Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of priest for Students
: a person who has the authority to lead or perform religious ceremonies
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