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  1. priest
    IPA[prēst]
  2. noun

    • 1. an ordained minister of the Catholic, Orthodox, or Anglican Church having the authority to perform certain rites and administer certain sacraments:

      the priest celebrated mass at a small altar off the north transept
    • 2. a person who performs religious ceremonies and duties in a non-Christian religion:

      the plays were performed within the sacred area of Dionysus, in the presence of his priest
    • 3. a mallet used to kill fish caught when angling.

    verb

    • 1. ordain to the priesthood:

      he was made deacon in 1990 and priested in 1994
  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: priest, plural noun: priests

    • noun

      an ordained minister of the Catholic, Orthodox, or Anglican Church, authorized to perform certain rites and administer certain sacraments:

      a person who performs religious ceremonies and duties in a non-Christian religion:

    • verb

      ordain to the priesthood:
    • noun

      a chief priest of a non-Christian religion.

      the chief priest of the historic Jewish religion.

    • noun

      a Roman Catholic priest, especially in postwar France, or an Anglican priest who engages part-time in ordinary secular work.
    • noun

      a hiding place for a Roman Catholic priest during times of religious persecution.
    • noun

      a chief priest of a non-Christian religion.

      the chief priest of the historic Jewish religion.

    • noun

      a Roman Catholic or Anglican priest who engages part-time in ordinary secular work.
    • noun

      a hiding place for a Roman Catholic priest during times of religious persecution.
    • noun

      (in the Anglican Church) an ordained minister who has charge of a parish but has not been formally appointed as its incumbent.
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