- a religious teacher or counselor.
Origin of starets
1915–20; < Russian stárets elder, derivative of stáryǐ old
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Examples from the Web for starets
All possibility of doubt about anything was silenced by obedience to the starets.
He did so, and took leave of the starets and moved to the other monastery.
He wished to refuse but the starets ordered him to accept the appointment.
As secretary to the Starets, I am able to disclose the actual and most amazing truth.
The Bishop, a big, over-fed man, had a long chat with the Starets in my presence.