from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A priest in various hierarchical churches.
- n. A teaching elder in the Presbyterian Church.
- n. A ruling elder in the Presbyterian Church.
- n. An elder of the congregation in the early Christian church.
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- n. A priest in various churches.
- n. An elder of the Presbyterian church.
- n. An elder of the congregation in early Christianity.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An elder in the early Christian church. See 2d Citation under Bishop, n., 1.
- n. One ordained to the second order in the ministry; -- called also priest.
- n. A member of a presbytery whether lay or clerical.
- n. A Presbyterian.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An elder; a priest; specifically, in hierarchic churches, a minister of the second order, between the bishop and the deacon.
- n. In zoology, a monkey of the genus Presbytes.
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- n. an elder in the Presbyterian Church
Late Latin, from Greek presbuteros, from comparative of presbus, old man; see per1 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Late Latin presbyter, from Ancient Greek πρεσβύτερος (presbuteros), from πρέσβυς (presbus, "elder, older"). (Wiktionary)