noun sta·rets \ˈstär-əts, -yəts\

Definition of starets



play \ˈstärt-sē\
  1. :  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

First Known Use: 1729

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