- in the early Christian church and in the Presbyterian Church, an elder
- Episcopal Ch. a priest
Origin of presbyterLL(Ec), an elder: see priest
- A priest in various hierarchical churches.
- An elder in the Presbyterian Church.
Origin of presbyterLate Latin from Greek presbuteros from comparative of presbus old man ; see per1 in Indo-European roots.
From Late Latin presbyter, from Ancient Greek Ï€ÏÎµÏƒÎ²ÏÏ„ÎµÏÎ¿Ï‚ (presbuteros), from Ï€ÏÎÏƒÎ²Ï…Ï‚ (presbus, “elder, older").