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Meaning of PARSON

Pronunciation:  'pârsun

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  a person authorized to conduct religious worship

PARSON is a 6 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: curate, minister, pastor, rector
 See Also: clergyman, man of the cloth, ministrant, reverend



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Par"son\, n. [OE. persone person, parson, OF. persone,
F. personne person, LL. persona (sc. ecclesiae), fr. L.
persona a person. See {Person}.]
1. (Eng. Eccl. Law) A person who represents a parish in its
   ecclesiastical and corporate capacities; hence, the rector
   or incumbent of a parochial church, who has full
   possession of all the rights thereof, with the cure of

2. Any clergyman having ecclesiastical preferment; one who is
   in orders, or is licensed to preach; a preacher.

         He hears the parson pray and preach.  --Longfellow.

{Parson bird} (Zo["o]l.), a New Zealand bird ({Prosthemadera
   Nov[ae]seelandi[ae]}) remarkable for its powers of mimicry
   and its ability to articulate words. Its color is glossy
   black, with a curious tuft of long, curly, white feathers
   on each side of the throat. It is often kept as a cage

Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: abbe, chaplain, churchman, clergyman, cleric, clerical, clerk, curate, cure, DD, divine, Doctor of Divinity, ecclesiastic, Holy Joe, man of God, military chaplain, minister, padre, pastor, rector, reverend, servant of God, shepherd, sky pilot, supply clergy, supply minister, the Reverend, the very Reverend, tonsured cleric