- a person whose office it is to perform religious rites, and especially to make sacrificial offerings.
- (in Christian use)
- 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.
- a minister of any religion.
- to ordain as a priest.
Origin of priest
Related Wordscleric, father, monk, preacher, elder, rector, lama, friar, vicar, curate, divine, ecclesiastic, pontiff, padre, clergyperson
Examples from the Web for priest
He speaks with the authority of a native of this land as well as the authority of priest.Mexico’s Holy Warrior Against the Cartels
November 18, 2014
The priest for the Creole ceremony was Father Marcel Saint Jean.Mother Cabrini, Saint of the Green Card
November 11, 2014
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
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.
At that she begins to scream, but the priest he wouldn't let go.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
“Alack for the unhappy lads; and alack for those who egged them on,” said the priest.
He knew that his case was hopeless, and he would not thaw even to the priest.
The services of the priest had then to be dispensed with for weeks, even months, at a time.The Roof of France
Him the Indians killed, and the priest who was with him they frightened away.The Trail Book
- Christianity a person ordained to act as a mediator between God and man in administering the sacraments, preaching, blessing, guiding, etc
- (in episcopal Churches) a minister in the second grade of the hierarchy of holy orders, ranking below a bishop but above a deacon
- a minister of any religion
- Judaism a descendant of the family of Aaron who has certain privileges in the synagogue service
- (in some non-Christian religions) an official who offers sacrifice on behalf of the people and performs other religious ceremonies
- (sometimes capital) a variety of fancy pigeon having a bald pate with a crest or peak at the back of the head
- angling a small club used to kill fish caught
- to make a priest; ordain
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.
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.)