Origin of pastorMiddle English pastour from Old French from Classical Latin pastor, shepherd (LL(Ec), minister of a congregation) from pascere, to feed: see food
- A Christian minister or priest having spiritual charge over a congregation or other group.
- A layperson having spiritual charge over a person or group.
- Archaic A shepherd.
transitive verbpas·tored, pas·tor·ing, pas·tors
Origin of pastorMiddle English from Old French from Latin pāstor shepherd ; see pā- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present pastors, present participle pastoring, simple past and past participle pastored)
- (Christianity) To serve a congregation as pastor
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Old French pastor (Modern French pasteur), from Latin pastor.