- a person ordained to the sacerdotal or pastoral office; a member of the clergy; minister.
- (in hierarchical churches) a member of the clergy of the order next below that of bishop, authorized to carry out the Christian ministry.
verb (used with object)
Origin of priest
Examples from the Web for priest
He speaks with the authority of a native of this land as well as the authority of priest.
The priest for the Creole ceremony was Father Marcel Saint Jean.
And he is to give this permission only to a priest “who has piety, knowledge, prudence and integrity of life.”Pope Francis Gives Blessing to Exorcist Conference|Barbie Latza Nadeau|October 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Tellingly, Rieux finds common ground with every character except the priest.
He concentrates on a handful of characters that includes a doctor, a bureaucrat, a criminal, a priest, and a journalist.
Hun answered that the infant had no propertie in the shet, wherupon the priest ascited him in the spiritual courte.
"The devil is strong in them," exclaimed a distant voice, which appeared to be that of a priest.
In some places it is common for the same ring to be used for many marriages, which ring remains in the custody of the priest.Finger-Ring Lore|William Jones
The next time we saw my uncle, the priest's reasonings had prevailed.Devereux, Complete|Edward Bulwer-Lytton
The priest, to whom she had confessed, could not be forgiven for having doubted whether she were a good Christian.The Life of Joan of Arc, Vol. 1 and 2 (of 2)|Anatole France
British Dictionary definitions for priest
Word Origin for priest
Word Origin and History for priest
Old English preost probably shortened from the older Germanic form represented by Old Saxon and Old High German prestar, Old Frisian prestere, all from Vulgar Latin *prester "priest," from Late Latin presbyter "presbyter, elder," from Greek presbyteros (see Presbyterian).
An alternative theory (to account for the -eo- of the Old English word) makes it cognate with Old High German priast, prest, from Vulgar Latin *prevost "one put over others," from Latin praepositus "person placed in charge," from past participle of praeponere (see provost). In Old Testament sense, a translation of Hebrew kohen, Greek hiereus, Latin sacerdos.
Culture definitions for priest
One who is designated an authority on religious matters. In some churches, especially the Anglican Communion, Eastern Orthodox Church, and Roman Catholic Church, the ordained church leader who serves a congregation of believers is called a priest. The priests in these churches administer the sacraments, preach, and care for the needs of their congregations. (See also minister and pastor.)