- 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 Words for parsonicalpastoral, ministerial, monastic, ecclesiastical, rabbinical, canonical, ecclesiastic, holy, papal, pontifical, sacerdotal, sacred, churchly, cleric, apostolic, episcopal, monkish, parsonical, priestly, theocratical
- 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 for parson
Word Origin and History for parsonical
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."