Word Origin See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com a member of the clergy, especially a Protestant minister; pastor; rector. the holder or incumbent of a parochial benefice, especially an Anglican. Origin of parson 1200–50; Middle English persone
Medieval Latin persōna
person Related forms par·son·ic , [pahr- son-ik] /pɑrˈsɒn ɪk/ par·son·i·cal, adjective par·son·i·cal·ly, adverb par·son·ish, par·son·like, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for parsonical a parish priest in the Church of England, formerly applied only to those who held ecclesiastical benefices any clergyman NZ a nonconformist minister Derived Forms parsonic ( pɑːˈsɒnɪk) or parsonical, adjective Word Origin
C13: from Medieval Latin
persōna parish priest, representative of the parish, from Latin: personage; see person
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Word Origin and History for parsonical parson n.
late 12c., from Anglo-French and Old French
persone "curate, parson, holder of Church office" (12c.), from Medieval Latin persona "parson" (see person). Ecclesiastical use is obscure; it might refer to the "person" legally holding church property, or it may be an abbreviation of persona ecclesiae "person of the church."
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