from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A spiritual adviser, often a monk or religious hermit, in the Eastern Orthodox Church.
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- n. a religious adviser (not necessarily a priest) in the Eastern Orthodox Church
Russian, elder, starets, from Old Church Slavonic starĭtsĭ, elder, from starŭ, old; see stā- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)