- a person who speaks for God or a god, or as though under divine or paranormal guidance
- a religious teacher or leader regarded as, or claiming to be, divinely inspired
- a spokesman for some cause, group, movement, etc.
- a person who predicts future events in any way
Origin of prophetMiddle English prophete from Old French from Late Latin propheta, soothsayer, in LL(Ec), prophet from Classical Greek proph?t?s, interpreter of a god's will (in LXX, a Hebrew prophet; in New Testament , an inspired preacher) from pro-, before + phanai, to speak: see ban
- among Muslims, Muhammad
- among Mormons, Joseph Smith
- one of the three major divisions of the Jewish Holy Scriptures, following the Pentateuch and preceding the Hagiographa
- the authors or subjects of the prophetic books in this division, including Amos, Hosea, Isaiah, Micah, Jeremiah, etc.