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parson

[ pahr-suhn ]
/ ˈpɑr sən /
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noun

a member of the clergy, especially a Protestant minister; pastor; rector.
the holder or incumbent of a parochial benefice, especially an Anglican.

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Origin of parson

1200–50; Middle English persone<Medieval Latin persōna parish priest, Latin: personage. See person

OTHER WORDS FROM parson

par·son·ic [pahr-son-ik], /pɑrˈsɒn ɪk/, par·son·i·cal, adjectivepar·son·i·cal·ly, adverbpar·son·ish, par·son·like, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for parson

parson
/ (ˈpɑːsən) /

noun

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 of parson

parsonic (pɑːˈsɒnɪk) or parsonical, adjective

Word Origin for parson

C13: from Medieval Latin persōna parish priest, representative of the parish, from Latin: personage; see person
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