Priest definition

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A person whose function is to make sacrificial offerings and perform other religious rites as an intermediary between deity and worshipers.
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In many Christian churches, a member of the second grade of clergy ranking below a bishop but above a deacon and having authority to administer the sacraments.
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A person having the authority to perform and administer religious rites.
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To ordain or admit to the priesthood.
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The definition of a priest is someone who performs religious rituals and rites for a church or other religious organization.

An example of a priest is the person in charge of an Episcopal church.

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Any clergyman.
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In the early Christian church, a presbyter, or elder.
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In hierarchical Christian churches, a clergyman ranking next below a bishop and authorized to administer the sacraments.
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A surname​.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
priest
Plural:
priests

Origin of priest

  • Middle English prest from Old English prēost from Late Latin presbyter presbyter

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