priest NOUN 1) an ordained minister of the Catholic, Orthodox, or Anglican Church, authorized to perform certain ceremonies. 2) a person who performs ceremonies in a non-Christian religion.
DERIVATIVES priesthood noun priestly adjective.
ORIGIN Old English, related to PRESBYTER(Cf. ↑P).

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  • Priestly — Priest ly, a. Of or pertaining to a priest or the priesthood; sacerdotal; befitting or becoming a priest; as, the priestly office; a priestly farewell. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • priestly — (adj.) mid 15c.; see PRIEST (Cf. priest) + LY (Cf. ly) (1) …   Etymology dictionary

  • priestly — [prēst′lē] adj. priestlier, priestliest of, like, or suitable for a priest or priests priestliness n …   English World dictionary

  • priestly — [[t]pri͟ːstli[/t]] ADJ: usu ADJ n Priestly is used to describe things that belong or relate to a priest. Priestly robes hang on the walls. ...his priestly duties …   English dictionary

  • priestly — priestliness, n. /preest lee/, adj., priestlier, priestliest. 1. of or pertaining to a priest; sacerdotal: priestly vestments. 2. characteristic of or befitting a priest. [bef. 1000; ME prestli, OE preostlic. See PRIEST, LY] * * * …   Universalium

  • priestly — adj. Priestly is used with these nouns: ↑robe …   Collocations dictionary

  • priestly — priest|ly [ˈpri:stli] adj [usually before noun] like a priest, or relating to a priest ▪ priestly robes …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • priestly — adjective connected with a priest: priestly garments …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • PRIESTLY BLESSING — (Heb. בִּרְכַּת כֹּהֲנִים), the formula in Numbers 6:24–26 ordained by God and transmitted to the priests by Moses for the blessing of Israel. Verse 27, They shall invoke My name on behalf of the Israelites and I will bless them, makes explicit… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • Priestly Blessing — Large crowds congregate on Passover at the Western Wall to receive the priestly blessing Halakhic texts relating to this article: Torah: Numbers 6:23–27 …   Wikipedia

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