priestly

[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. priestfish,
  2. priesthood,
  3. priestley,
  4. priestley, j. b.,
  5. priestley, joseph,
  6. prig,
  7. priggery,
  8. priggish,
  9. priggism,
  10. prigogine

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

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British Dictionary definitions for priestly

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

priestly

adj.

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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