starets

[ stahr-its, -yits ]
/ ˈstɑr ɪts, -yɪts /

noun, plural star·tsy [stahrt-see] /ˈstɑrt si/. Russian Orthodox Church.

a religious teacher or counselor.

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Origin of starets

1915–20; < Russian stárets elder, derivative of stáryǐ old
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