starets

noun sta·rets \ ˈstär-əts , -yəts \

Definition of starets

plural startsy play \ˈstärt-sē\
: a spiritual director or religious teacher in the Eastern Orthodox Church; specifically : a spiritual adviser who is not necessarily a priest, who is recognized for his piety, and who is turned to by monks or laymen for spiritual guidance

Origin and Etymology of starets

Russian, from staryĭ old — more at stour


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