A pastor with his congregation.
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.
- 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.
- (now rare) A shepherd; someone who tends to a flock of animals.
- Someone with spiritual authority over a group of people
- A Muslim imam
- 1983, Meridel Rawlings, Fishers and hunters, page 272
- 2005, Beth Moore, Voices of the Faithful, page 120
- A minister or a priest in a Christian church.
(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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