priesthood

[ preest-hoo d ]
/ ˈprist hʊd /

noun

the condition or office of a priest.
priests collectively.

Nearby words

  1. priest-hole,
  2. priest-ridden,
  3. priestcraft,
  4. priestess,
  5. priestfish,
  6. priestley,
  7. priestley, j. b.,
  8. priestley, joseph,
  9. priestly,
  10. prig

Origin of priesthood

before 900; Middle English presthed(e), presthod(e), Old English prēosthād. See priest, -hood

Related formsan·ti·priest·hood, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for priesthood

priesthood

/ (ˈpriːstˌhʊd) /

noun

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

priesthood

n.

Old English preosthad; see priest + -hood.

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