[ pree-ching ]
/ ˈpri tʃɪŋ /


the act or practice of a person who preaches.
the art of delivering sermons.
a sermon.
a public religious service with a sermon.


of, relating to, or resembling preaching: a preaching tone of voice.

Origin of preaching

1225–75; Middle English preching (gerund); see preach, -ing1, -ing2


preach·ing·ly, adverbnon·preach·ing, adjective, nounun·preach·ing, adjective

Definition for preaching (2 of 2)

[ preech ]
/ pritʃ /

verb (used with object)

to proclaim or make known by sermon (the gospel, good tidings, etc.).
to deliver (a sermon).
to advocate or inculcate (religious or moral truth, right conduct, etc.) in speech or writing.

verb (used without object)

to deliver a sermon.
to give earnest advice, as on religious or moral subjects or the like.
to do this in an obtrusive or tedious way.

Origin of preach

1175–1225; Middle English prechen < Old French pre(ë)chier < Late Latin praedicāre to preach (Latin: to assert publicly, proclaim). See predicate


out·preach, verb (used with object)un·preached, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for preaching

/ (priːtʃ) /


to make known (religious truth) or give religious or moral instruction or exhortation in (sermons)
to advocate (a virtue, action, etc), esp in a moralizing way

Derived forms of preach

preachable, adjective

Word Origin for preach

C13: from Old French prechier, from Church Latin praedicāre, from Latin: to proclaim in public; see predicate
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Idioms and Phrases with preaching


In addition to the idiom beginning with preach

  • preach to the converted

also see:

  • practice what you preach
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