from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A Christian minister or priest having spiritual charge over a congregation or other group.
  • noun A layperson having spiritual charge over a person or group.
  • noun A shepherd.
  • transitive verb To serve or act as pastor of.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A fish, Nomeus gronovii, which lives in the tropical parts of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans and swims near the surface in rather deep water. It is often found among the tentacles of the Portuguese man-of-war.
  • To shepherd, literally or figuratively.
  • noun One who has the care of a flock or herd; a herdsman; especially, a shepherd.
  • noun A minister or clergyman installed according to the usages of some Christian denomination in charge of a specific church or body of churches.
  • noun [capitalized] [NL.] A genus of sturnoid passerine birds having the head crested and the plumage in part rosecolored, as P. roseus of Europe; the rosestarlings: so named from association with cattle, like cow-bird, etc. Also called Thremmaphilus, Gracula, and by other names.
  • noun A bird of this genus.
  • noun Synonyms Clergyman, Divine, etc. See minister.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A shepherd; one who has the care of flocks and herds.
  • noun A guardian; a keeper; specifically (Eccl.), a minister having the charge of a church and parish.
  • noun (Zoöl.) A species of starling (Pastor roseus), native of the plains of Western Asia and Eastern Europe. Its head is crested and glossy greenish black, and its back is rosy. It feeds largely upon locusts.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A shepherd; someone who tends to a flock of animals.
  • noun A minister or a priest in a Christian church.
  • verb Christianity To serve a congregation as pastor

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

  • noun only the rose-colored starlings; in some classifications considered a separate genus
  • noun a person authorized to conduct religious worship


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

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin pāstor, shepherd; see pā- in Indo-European roots.]

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Old French pastor (Modern French pasteur), from Latin pastor.


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  • Another sense: some sort of Mexican food.

    Alicia joked she had enough evidence to "prove" that her friend Camille was "really Mexican." At Camille's family gatherings, she always noticed the food. "There was carne asada, there was pastor, there was flan. Some of them had different names, but they were pretty much the same," Alicia said.
    Anthony Christian Ocampo, The Latinos of Asia: How Filipino Americans Break the Rules of Race (Stanford, CA: Stanford Univ. Press, 2016), ch. 1.

    July 2, 2016