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Meaning of PARSON

Pronunciation:  'pârsun

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[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
 
 Definition: 
\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
   souls.

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
   bird.

 
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
 

 

 

 

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