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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The office, rank, or jurisdiction of a pastor.
  • n. A pastor's term of office with one congregation.
  • n. A body of pastors.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The role or responsibilities of a pastor.
  • n. The period of service of a particular pastor to their congregation; their term of office.
  • n. An organization or body consisting of multiple pastors.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The office, state, or jurisdiction of a pastor.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The status or office of a pastor, or the people under his spiritual care. Hence The time during which a pastor remains in charge of a parish: as, a pastorate of twenty years.
  • n. The body of pastors in a given community.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. pastors collectively
  • n. the position of pastor

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