From Middle English prest, preest, from Old English prēost (priest), from Late Latin presbyter, from Ancient Greek πρεσβύτερος or presbúteros), from πρέσβυς or présbus (elder, older). Reinforced in Middle English by Old French prestre, also from Latin presbyter.
priest (plural priests, feminine priestess)
- A religious clergyman/clergywoman/clergyperson who is trained to perform services or sacrifices at a church or temple.
- a blunt tool, used for quickly stunning and killing fish
- (Mormonism) the highest office in the Aaronic priesthood
- high priest
priest (third-person singular simple present priests, present participle priesting, simple past and past participle priested)
- To ordain as a priest.
- Father Tom was priested when I was going to Catholic high school.
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