[prez-bi-ter, pres-]
(in the early Christian church) an office bearer who exercised teaching, priestly, and administrative functions.
(in hierarchical churches) a priest.
an elder in a Presbyterian church.

1590–1600; < Late Latin, noun use of the adj.: older < Greek presbýteros, equivalent to présby(s) old + -teros comparative suffix

presbyteral [prez-bit-er-uhl, pres-] , adjective
nonpresbyter, noun Unabridged
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presbyter (ˈprɛzbɪtə)
1.  a.  an elder of a congregation in the early Christian Church
 b.  (in some Churches having episcopal politics) an official who is subordinate to a bishop and has administrative, teaching, and sacerdotal functions
2.  (in some hierarchical Churches) another name for priest
3.  in the Presbyterian Church
 a.  a teaching elder
 b.  a ruling elder
[C16: from Late Latin, from Greek presbuteros an older man, from presbus old man]

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(from Greek presbyteros, "elder"), an officer or minister in the early Christian Church intermediate between bishop and deacon or, in modern Presbyterianism, an alternative name for elder. The word presbyter is etymologically the original form of "priest."

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The church presbyter feared this would invite another arson.
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