preacher

[ pree-cher ]
/ ˈpri tʃər /

noun

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

Nearby words

  1. pre-socratic,
  2. pre-teen,
  3. pre-u,
  4. preach,
  5. preach to the converted,
  6. preacher curl,
  7. preachify,
  8. preaching,
  9. preachingly,
  10. preachment

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

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British Dictionary definitions for preacher

preacher

/ (ˈpriːtʃə) /

noun

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

Preacher

/ (ˈpriːtʃə) /

noun

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

preacher

n.

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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