Definition: Pastor

From New World Encyclopedia


From Middle English pastour, from Old French pastor (modern French pasteur), from Latin pāstor.


pastor (plural pastors)

  1. Someone with spiritual authority over a group of people
  2. (Protestantism) A minister or priest in a church.
  3. (Roman Catholicism) The main priest serving a parish.
  4. A bird, the rosy starling.

Derived terms

  • pastorage
  • pastoral
  • pastorate
  • pastoress
  • rosy pastor


pastor (third-person singular simple present pastors, present participle pastoring, simple past and past participle pastored)

  1. (Christianity, transitive, intransitive) To serve a congregation as pastor.


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