provisor

noun
pro·​vi·​sor | \ prəˈvīzə(r) \
plural -s

Definition of provisor

1 : one having a provision especially papal to a benefice not yet vacant — compare provision sense 5b
2 : one having charge of getting provisions (as for an army or a religious house) : purveyor, steward
3 obsolete : one who provides (as care, protection, sustenance) : guardian
4 : a cleric acting as an assistant to or vicar for an archbishop or bishop : an ecclesiastical deputy

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History and Etymology for provisor

Middle English provisour, from Anglo-French, Medieval Latin, & Latin; Anglo-French provisour ecclesiastical provisor, from Medieval Latin provisor ecclesiastical provisor, guardian, administrator, from Latin, one that provides, from provisus (past participle of providēre to provide) + -or

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“Provisor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/provisor. Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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