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parson

[pahr-suh n] /ˈpɑr sən/
noun
1.
a member of the clergy, especially a Protestant minister; pastor; rector.
2.
the holder or incumbent of a parochial benefice, especially an Anglican.
Origin
1200-1250
1200-50; Middle English persone < Medieval Latin persōna parish priest, Latin: personage. See person
Related forms
parsonic
[pahr-son-ik] /pɑrˈsɒn ɪk/ (Show IPA),
parsonical, adjective
parsonically, adverb
parsonish, parsonlike, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for par son

parson

/ˈpɑːsən/
noun
1.
a parish priest in the Church of England, formerly applied only to those who held ecclesiastical benefices
2.
any clergyman
3.
(NZ) a nonconformist minister
Derived Forms
parsonic (pɑːˈsɒnɪk), parsonical, adjective
Word Origin
C13: from Medieval Latin persōna parish priest, representative of the parish, from Latin: personage; see person
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Word Origin and History for par son

parson

n.

late 12c., from Anglo-French and Old French persone "curate, parson, holder of Church office" (12c.), from Medieval Latin persona "parson" (see person). Ecclesiastical use is obscure; it might refer to the "person" legally holding church property, or it may be an abbreviation of persona ecclesiae "person of the church."

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