from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun In many Christian churches, a member of the second grade of clergy ranking below a bishop but above a deacon and having authority to administer the sacraments.
- noun A person having the authority to perform and administer religious rites.
- transitive verb To ordain or admit to the priesthood.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun One who is duly authorized to be a minister of sacred things; one whose stated duty it is to perform, on behalf of the community, certain public religious acts, particularly religious sacrifices.
- noun One who is ordained to the pastoral or sacerdotal office; a presbyter; an elder.
- noun Specifically, in hierarchical churches, the second in rank in the clerical orders, between bishop and deacon.
- noun A breed of domestic pigeons, in four different color-varieties, black, blue, red, and yellow.
- noun A mark composed of two concentric circles, used as a private stamp, a brand for cattle, and the like in England.
- noun In the early Christian church, a bishop.
- noun A member of an order in the Mormon Church ranking among the higher orders. See
- noun See the adjectives.
- To ordain to the priesthood; make a priest of.
- To hold the office or exercise the functions of a priest.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun (Christian Church) A presbyter elder; a minister.
- noun (R. C. Ch. & Gr. Ch.) One who is authorized to consecrate the host and to say Mass; but especially, one of the lowest order possessing this power.
- noun (Ch. of Eng. & Prot. Epis. Ch.) A presbyter; one who belongs to the intermediate order between bishop and deacon. He is authorized to perform all ministerial services except those of ordination and confirmation.
- noun One who officiates at the altar, or performs the rites of sacrifice; one who acts as a mediator between men and the divinity or the gods in any form of religion.
- transitive verb To ordain as priest.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun A religious
clergymanwho is trained to perform services or sacrificesat a church or temple.
- noun A blunt
tool, used for quickly stunning and killing fish.
- noun Mormonism The highest office in the Aaronic priesthood.
- verb transitive To
ordainas a priest.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun a clergyman in Christian churches who has the authority to perform or administer various religious rites; one of the Holy Orders
- noun a person who performs religious duties and ceremonies in a non-Christian religion
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
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