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Meaning of priest

priest

Pronunciation: (prēst), [key]
— n.
  1. a person whose office it is to perform religious rites, and esp. to make sacrificial offerings.
  2. (in Christian use)
    1. a person ordained to the sacerdotal or pastoral office; a member of the clergy; minister.
    2. (in hierarchical churches) a member of the clergy of the order next below that of bishop, authorized to carry out the Christian ministry.
  3. a minister of any religion.
—v.t.
  1. to ordain as a priest.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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