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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
late 12c., from Anglo-Fr., O.Fr. persone "curate, parson" (12c.), from M.L. persona "parson" (see person). Ecclesiastical use obscure, may 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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