Definition of "priest" []

  • In many Christian churches, a member of the second grade of clergy ranking below a bishop but above a deacon and having authority to administer the sacraments. (noun)
  • A person having the authority to perform and administer religious rites. (noun)
  • To ordain or admit to the priesthood. (verb-transitive)
  • A person ordained to act as a mediator between God and man in administering the sacraments, preaching, blessing, guiding, etc (noun)

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  • (in episcopal Churches) a minister in the second grade of the hierarchy of holy orders, ranking below a bishop but above a deacon (noun)
  • A minister of any religion (noun)
  • A descendant of the family of Aaron who has certain privileges in the synagogue service (noun)
  • (in some non-Christian religions) an official who offers sacrifice on behalf of the people and performs other religious ceremonies (noun)
  • A variety of fancy pigeon having a bald pate with a crest or peak at the back of the head (noun)
  • A small club used to kill fish caught (noun)
  • To make a priest; ordain (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "priest" in a sentence
  • "A Roman priest, a _priest_, you understand, dared to warn Benedetto, to advise him to be cautious."
  • ""As man," says he, "is illuminated with the grace of the Holy Spirit by the priest that baptizes, so also _he who confesses in penitence receives through the priest_, by the grace of Christ, the remission of sin.""
  • "Gospel has succeeded to the Jewish priest in respect to giving _surety_ officially for the fulfilment of the covenant, and on that account may with propriety be called a _priest_."