Eastern Orthodox Ch. a spiritual advisor
Origin of staretsRussian starec, an elder, venerable old man ; from staryj, old
A spiritual adviser, often a monk or religious hermit, in the Eastern Orthodox Church.
Origin of staretsRussian, elder, starets, from Old Church Slavonic starĭtsĭ, elder, from starŭ, old; see stā- in Indo-European roots.