The definition of a priest is someone who performs religious rituals and rites for a church or other religious organization.
An example of a priest is the person in charge of an Episcopal church.
- a person whose function is to make sacrificial offerings and perform other religious rites as an intermediary between deity and worshipers
- in the early Christian church, a presbyter, or elder
- in hierarchical Christian churches, a clergyman ranking next below a bishop and authorized to administer the sacraments
- any clergyman
Origin of priestMiddle English prest ; from Old English preost (? with -o- by associated, association with profost, provost) ; from Ecclesiastical Late Latin presbyter, an elder ; from Classical Greek presbyteros, elder, comparative of presbys, old, old man (in LGr(Ec), an elder) ; from Indo-European an unverified form pres-, ahead ; from base an unverified form per- (see per, pre-) + an unverified form gwou-, cow, ox (hence, origin, originally , lead-ox)
- In many Christian churches, a member of the second grade of clergy ranking below a bishop but above a deacon and having authority to administer the sacraments.
- A person having the authority to perform and administer religious rites.
transitive verbpriest·ed, priest·ing, priests
To ordain or admit to the priesthood.
Origin of priestMiddle English prest, from Old English pr&emacron;ost, from Late Latin presbyter; see presbyter.
- A surname.