provisor

noun pro·vi·sor \prəˈvīzə(r)\

Definition of provisor

plural

-s

  1. 1 :  one having a provision especially papal to a benefice not yet vacant — compare provision 5b

  2. 2 :  one having charge of getting provisions (as for an army or a religious house) :  purveyor, steward

  3. 3 obsolete :  one who provides (as care, protection, sustenance) :  guardian

  4. 4 :  a cleric acting as an assistant to or vicar for an archbishop or bishop :  an ecclesiastical deputy

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Origin and Etymology of 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 — more at provide


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