- 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 Words for priestscleric, father, monk, preacher, elder, rector, lama, friar, vicar, curate, divine, ecclesiastic, pontiff, padre, clergyperson
Examples from the Web for priests
Contemporary Examples of priests
Priests often preach support for the regime to their congregations, many of whom loudly dissent.In One Corner of Syria, Christmas Spirit Somehow Manages to Survive
December 25, 2014
Last year the Vatican admitted that it had defrocked 848 priests between 2004 and 2013, without specifying where they are from.How Sicko Priests Got Away With It
Barbie Latza Nadeau
November 16, 2014
This was after ten years in France when priests and nuns were killed and alters were being desecrated.Napoleon Was a Dynamite Dictator
November 7, 2014
The priests conclude that there is common ground on even the most contentious topics that pit science versus spirituality.Pope Francis Asked ‘Would You Baptize an Alien?’ Here’s the Answer.
Barbie Latza Nadeau
September 26, 2014
Not even the support groups of those abused by priests had the bishop on their priority hit list.Is the Pope Finally Getting Serious About The Church’s Sex Scandals?
Barbie Latza Nadeau
September 25, 2014
Historical Examples of priests
Do you object to atheism, and yet regard obedience to God as an invention of the priests?Weighed and Wanting
They knew very well that this was their Sacred Stone and that the priests had deceived them.The Trail Book
One day he was detected and captured by the priests and made their slave.Understanding the Scriptures
I have never been in a land where priests and children were not companions.The Underdog
F. Hopkinson Smith
These seigneurs and priests stood together in a common interest.In the Valley
- 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 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.)