- a minister or priest in charge of a church.
- a person having spiritual care of a number of persons.
- Ornithology. any of various starlings, especially Sturnus roseus (rosy pastor) of Europe and Asia.
- to serve as the pastor of: He pastored the church here for many years.
Origin of pastor
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Historical Examples of pastored
He is a preacher and has pastored in Alabama, Texas and Florida.
He had been a preacher and had pastored many years in a Baker street church, London.The Homesteader
In 1892 he was ordained to preach and has preached and pastored regularly from that time up to two years ago.
I pastored twenty-nine years altogether, built five churches, and have been responsible for five hundred conversions.
I left Higginson and taught and pastored seven years at Des Arc.
- a clergyman or priest in charge of a congregation
- a person who exercises spiritual guidance over a number of people
- an archaic word for shepherd (def. 1)
- Also called: rosy pastor a S Asian starling, Sturnus roseus, having glossy black head and wings and a pale pink body
Word Origin for pastor
late 14c. (mid-13c. as a surname), "shepherd," also "spiritual guide, shepherd of souls," from Old French pastor, pastur "herdsman, shepherd" (12c.), from Latin pastorem (nominative pastor) "shepherd," from pastus, past participle of pascere "to lead to pasture, set to grazing, cause to eat," from PIE root *pa- "to tend, keep, pasture, feed, guard, protect" (see food). The spiritual sense was in Church Latin (cf. Gregory's "Cura Pastoralis"). The verb in the Christian sense is from 1872.