A legendary figure in Europe during the Middle Ages, who was thought to rule over a large Christian kingdom in Ethiopia or Central Asia.
A legendary medieval Christian king and priest said to have ruled either in the Far East or in Ethiopia.
Origin of prester-john
Middle English prestrepriestfrom Old French from Late Latin presbyterpresbyter
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
Prester-john Sentence Examples
The king of Portugal next despatched Bartolomeu Diaz in 1486 to continue discoveries southwards; while, in the following year, he sent Pedro de Covilhao and Affonso de Payva to discover the country of Prester John.
had addressed to Prester John to the Negus Alexander of Abyssinia, but he was detained by that prince and never allowed to leave the country.
His African experiences suggested The African Colony (1903), A Lodge in the Wilderness (1906), and Prester John (1910).
The legend of Prester John is based on the idea of the conversion of a Mongol tribe, the Karith, whose chieftain Ung Khan at baptism received the title Malek Juchana (King John).
The history of Prester John no doubt originally gathered round some nucleus of fact, though what that was is extremely difficult to determine.