[ preest-lee ]
/ ˈprist li /

adjective, priest·li·er, priest·li·est.

of or relating to a priest; sacerdotal: priestly vestments.
characteristic of or befitting a priest.

Origin of priestly

before 1000; Middle English prestli, Old English prēostlic. See priest, -ly
Related formspriest·li·ness, nounnon·priest·ly, adjectivepseu·do·priest·ly, adjectiveun·priest·ly, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for priestly


/ (ˈpriːstlɪ) /

adjective -lier or -liest

of, relating to, characteristic of, or befitting a priest
Derived Formspriestliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for priestly



mid-15c.; see priest + -ly (1). Old English had preostlic, but the modern word seems to be a Middle English re-formation.

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