Prester-john meaning

prĕstər
A legendary figure in Europe during the Middle Ages, who was thought to rule over a large Christian kingdom in Ethiopia or Central Asia.
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A legendary medieval Christian king and priest said to have ruled either in the Far East or in Ethiopia.
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Origin of prester-john

  • Middle English prestre priest from Old French from Late Latin presbyter presbyter

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition