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[pas-ter-it, pah-ster-]
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  1. the office or term of office of a pastor.
  2. a body of pastors.
  3. parsonage(def 1).
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Origin of pastorate

1785–95; < Medieval Latin pāstōrātus, equivalent to Latin pāstōr-, stem of pāstor (see pastor) + -ātus -ate3
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Related Words for pastorate

priesthood, ministry, pastorate, cardinalate, rabbinate, conclave, prelacy, canonicate, canonry, deaconry, diaconate

Examples from the Web for pastorate

Historical Examples of pastorate

  • But of such difficulties the record of his pastorate gives no indication.

    Hymns and Hymnwriters of Denmark

    Jens Christian Aaberg

  • That is to say, the Christian Ministry is above all things a pastorate.

  • It was one Sunday evening, shortly after he had assumed the pastorate of the church.

    The Golden Shoemaker

    J. W. Keyworth

  • He came out from Holland in 1677 and returned to a pastorate there in 1685.

  • But humility is not a grace of the pulpit and the pastorate only.

British Dictionary definitions for pastorate


  1. the office or term of office of a pastor
  2. a body of pastors; pastors collectively
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