starets definition by Webster's New World
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noun pl. startsy
Eastern Orthodox Ch. a spiritual advisor
starets definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. star·tsy
A spiritual adviser, often a monk or religious hermit, in the Eastern Orthodox Church.
Origin: Russian, elder, starets, from Old Church Slavonic starĭtsĭ, elder, from starŭ, old; see stā- in Indo-European roots.