[preest-hoo d]


the condition or office of a priest.
priests collectively.

Origin of priesthood

before 900; Middle English presthed(e), presthod(e), Old English prēosthād. See priest, -hood
Related formsan·ti·priest·hood, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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the state, order, or office of a priest
priests collectively
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Word Origin and History for priesthood

Old English preosthad; see priest + -hood.

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