a person whose occupation or function it is to preach the gospel.
a person who preaches.

Origin of preacher

1175–1225; Middle English precho(u)r < Old French prech(e)or, earlier preëch(e)or < Late Latin praedicātor. See preach, -or2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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  • The preacher was trying to explain to us the eternal duration of God's punishment.

  • When it was finished, the preacher sat down beside the revivalist.

  • The preacher's voice rose until it sounded like a trumpet blast.

  • At last the hand of the preacher seemed to be pointed directly at him.

  • As he quoted the preacher he mechanically drew his revolver.

    The Cavalier

    George Washington Cable

British Dictionary definitions for preacher



a person who has the calling and function of preaching the Christian Gospel, esp a Protestant clergyman
a person who preaches



the Preacher Bible the author of Ecclesiastes or the book of Ecclesiastes
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Word Origin and History for preacher

c.1200, from Old French preecheor "preacher" (Modern French prêcheur), from Latin praedicatorem (nominative praedicator) "public praiser, eulogist," literally "proclaimer" (see preach). Slang short form preach (n.) is recorded by 1968, American English.

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