[ pahr-suh nz ]
/ ˈpɑr sənz /


Tal·cott [tawl-kot, tal-] /ˈtɔl kɒt, ˈtæl-/, 1902–79, U.S. sociologist and author.
Theophilus,1750–1813, U.S. jurist.
William, Third Earl of Rosse,1800–67, Irish astronomer.
a town in SE Kansas.

Definition for parsons (2 of 2)

[ pahr-suh n ]
/ ˈpɑr sən /


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 parish priest, Latin: personage. See person


par·son·ic [pahr-son-ik] /pɑrˈsɒn ɪk/, par·son·i·cal, adjectivepar·son·i·cal·ly, adverbpar·son·ish, par·son·like, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for parsons (1 of 2)

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Sir Charles Algernon . 1854–1931, English engineer, who developed the steam turbine
Gram, real name Cecil Connor. 1946–73 US country-rock singer and songwriter; founder of the Flying Burrito Brothers (1968–70), he later released the solo albums G.P. (1973) and Grievous Angel (1974)
Talcott. 1902–79, US sociologist, author of The Structure of Social Action (1937) and The Social System (1951)

British Dictionary definitions for parsons (2 of 2)

/ (ˈpɑːsən) /


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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