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

  • n. The character, office, or vocation of a priest.
  • n. The clergy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The role or office of a priest
  • n. Priests as a group; the clergy
  • n. Authority to act in the name of God.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The office or character of a priest; the priestly function.
  • n. Priests, taken collectively; the order of men set apart for sacred offices; the order of priests.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The office or character of a priest.
  • n. The order of men set apart for sacred offices; priests collectively.

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

  • n. the body of ordained religious practitioners

Etymologies

From Middle English presthed, presthede, presthod presthode, from Old English prēosthād. (Wiktionary)

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