- 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
Related Wordsvicar, pastor, preacher, priest, chaplain, minister, rector, ecclesiastic, padre, reverend
Examples from the Web for parson
Who is Parson Brown, and why are these people making a snowman that looks like him?The Most Confusing Christmas Music Lyrics Explained (VIDEO)
December 24, 2014
Step up to the office, examine the stock, take your pick, pay your money and drive to the parson.Still Looking for Mr. Right
February 12, 2010
I am sure, as you know, no one ever stood by me—when there was a parson at hand.
"We were going to hunt up a parson in Upper Chester," said the Captain, sheepishly.Quaint Courtships
"That goes very well with the initial on the kerchief," said Parson Jones.
Parson Jones lifted out one of the bags, and it jingled as he did so.
"You shall go upon the very first boat we can catch," said the parson.
- a parish priest in the Church of England, formerly applied only to those who held ecclesiastical benefices
- any clergyman
- NZ a nonconformist minister
Word Origin and History for parson
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."