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Parsons

[pahr-suh nz] /ˈpɑr sənz/
noun
1.
Talcott
[tawl-kot,, tal-] /ˈtɔl kɒt,, ˈtæl-/ (Show IPA),
1902–79, U.S. sociologist and author.
2.
Theophilus, 1750–1813, U.S. jurist.
3.
William, Third Earl of Rosse, 1800–67, Irish astronomer.
4.
a town in SE Kansas.

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 of parson
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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  • Colonel Parsons proceeded at once to Louisville, where he arrived on the 13th.

  • In the eyes of these Parsons a man who has no passion for war is unworthy of his age.

  • The Parsons appear to be the main tools in this coaxing scheme.

    Political Pamphlets George Saintsbury
  • At the conclusion of the church service Mr. Parsons ascended the pulpit.

    The Story of My Life Egerton Ryerson
  • This fact, contrary to Parsons principles, had afforded the man secret enjoyment.

    The Ranchman Charles Alden Seltzer
British Dictionary definitions for Parsons

Parsons

/ˈpɑːsənz/
noun
1.
Sir Charles Algernon. 1854–1931, English engineer, who developed the steam turbine
2.
Gram, real name Cecil Connor. 1946–73 US country-rock singer and songwriter; founder of the Flying Burrito Brothers (1968–70), he later released the solo albums G.P. (1973) and Grievous Angel (1974)
3.
Talcott. 1902–79, US sociologist, author of The Structure of Social Action (1937) and The Social System (1951)

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 Parsons

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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