Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A possessor; a holder of property.
  • n. A member of any religious community endowed with property in lands, buildings, etc., as contrasted with mendicant friars.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A possessor; a property holder.
  • n. An invidious name for a member of any religious community endowed with property in lands, buildings, etc., as contrasted with mendicant friars.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who owns or has actual possession of a thing, or power over it; a possessor.
  • n. A member of a religious order endowed with lands, etc., as distinguished from those orders whose members lived entirely by alms; a member of one of the orders possessing lands and revenues; a beneficed clergyman.

Etymologies

possession +‎ -er (Wiktionary)

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