Definitions of priest

  1. a spiritual leader in a non- Christian religion
  2. a clergyman in many Christian churches who has the authority to perform or administer various religious rites
  3. a clergyman in Christian churches who has the authority to perform or administer various religious rites; one of the Holy Orders
  4. A presbyter elder; a minister
  5. One who is authorized to consecrate the host and to say Mass; but especially, one of the lowest order possessing this power.
  6. A presbyter; one who belongs to the intermediate order between bishop and deacon. He is authorized to perform all ministerial services except those of ordination and confirmation.
  7. One who officiates at the altar, or performs the rites of sacrifice; one who acts as a mediator between men and the divinity or the gods in any form of religion; as, Buddhist priests.
  8. To ordain as priest.
  9. One devoted to the service of God or a god, with authority to perform religious rites; one ordained to the Christian ministry.
  10. Priestess.
  11. One who officiates in sacred offices: one above a deacon and below a bishop: a clergyman:- fem. PRIESTNESS.
  12. One ordained to sacred offices; ecclesiastic.
  13. One consecrated to the service of a divinity.
  14. One who officiates in sacred offices; an ordained minister of the Gospel. See Presbyter.
  15. In anc. times or in pagan countries, one who performed the rites of sacrifice; a minister of the Christian religion placed over the spiritual affairs of a congregation; in the Ch. of Rome and Gr. Ch., the lowest order of ecclesiastics empowered to consecrate the host and perform mass; in the Protestant Episcopal Ch., one of an intermediate order between bishop and deacon.

Usage examples for priest

  1. When I was a boy, my mother wanted to make a priest out of me. – Beasts, Men and Gods by Ferdinand Ossendowski
  2. Priest Lampitt said the same. – A Book of Quaker Saints by Lucy Violet Hodgkin
  3. It is difficult to form a notion of the ignorance of these Latins in all historical questions, and their entire want of that general cultivation which is assumed with us as a matter of course in a priest or bishop. – Letters From Rome on the Council by Johann Joseph Ignaz von Döllinger
  4. Why don't you see a priest then? – Rastignac the Devil by Philip José Farmer
  5. Maybe the priest is sick. – Master Olof A Drama in Five Acts by August Strindberg
  6. The priest who succeeded him, coming something over three years ago, was a much younger man. – In Indian Mexico (1908) by Frederick Starr
  7. Why 'tis with a Priest our Business is at present. – The Busie Body by Susanna Centlivre Commentator: Jess Byrd
  8. A priest is only a man after all. – St. Peter's Umbrella by Kálmán Mikszáth
  9. I met and talked with him this morning, and a simple priest he is, though a good, well- meaning man. – Diary of Samuel Pepys, Complete Transcribed From The Shorthand Manuscript In The Pepysian Library Magdalene College Cambridge By The Rev. Mynors Bright by Samuel Pepys Commentator: Lord Braybrooke
  10. I have often been taken for a priest especially when I am off duty. – The Underdog by F. Hopkinson Smith
  11. The priest observing that I stopped to look at the grave, shook his head and sighed. – The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins Last Updated: January 3, 2009
  12. Giovanni was in no humour to receive a visit from a priest just then, even though the latter was an old acquaintance and had once been a friend. – The White Sister by F. Marion Crawford
  13. A door to the left opened, and a priest came out. – Antony Gray,--Gardener by Leslie Moore
  14. It was that of the old priest who had seen him from a distance. – Paris From the "Three Cities" by Emile Zola
  15. Oh, priest priest thou mistakest me. – The Last Of The Barons, Complete by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  16. Then you can call the priest – Death of a Spaceman by Walter M. Miller
  17. The good priest fell on my neck and kissed me. – The Red Cockade by Stanley J. Weyman
  18. On the whole, it is best, perhaps, that you should ride away to the priest – Pierre And His People, [Tales of the Far North], Volume 5. by Gilbert Parker
  19. Not a single priest appeared. – The Intellectual Life by =Philip Gilbert Hamerton
  20. He was only seven days old, but he had to have a name before the priest could Christian him. – Heart of Gold by Ruth Alberta Brown