starets

noun
sta·​rets | \ ˈstär-əts How to pronounce starets (audio) , -yəts\
plural startsy\ ˈstärt-​sē How to pronounce startsy (audio) \

Definition of starets

: 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

First Known Use of starets

1729, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for starets

Russian, from staryĭ old — more at stour

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