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Definition of "parson" []

  • An Anglican cleric with full legal control of a parish under ecclesiastical law; a rector. (noun)
  • A member of the clergy, especially a Protestant minister. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "parson" in a sentence
  • "Now my friend the parson is the outgrowth of the New England theocracy, about the simplest, purest, and least objectionable state of society that the world ever saw."
  • "So that one of his Oxford friends, as he traveled through Childrey, inquiring for his diversion of some of the people, Who was their minister, and how they liked him? received this answer: Our parson is one Mr. Pococke, a plain honest man."
  • "I am nothing but 'th' parson 'to these people, and' th 'parson' is one for whom they have little respect and no sympathy."