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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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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.
  • n. In zoology, a monkey of the genus Presbytes.

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

  • n. an elder in the Presbyterian Church

Etymologies

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)

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