[pas-ter, pah-ster]
a minister or priest in charge of a church.
a person having spiritual care of a number of persons.
Ornithology. any of various starlings, especially Sturnus roseus (rosy pastor) of Europe and Asia.
verb (used with object)
to serve as the pastor of: He pastored the church here for many years.

1325–75; < Latin pāstor shepherd, literally, feeder, equivalent to pās-, base of pāscere to put to pasture, feed + -tor -tor; replacing Middle English pastour < Anglo-French

pastorless, adjective
pastorlike, pastorly, adjective
subpastor, noun

clergy, cleric, imam, minister, pastor, priest, rabbi. Unabridged
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pastor (ˈpɑːstə)
1.  a clergyman or priest in charge of a congregation
2.  a person who exercises spiritual guidance over a number of people
3.  an archaic word for shepherd
4.  Also called: rosy pastor a S Asian starling, Sturnus roseus, having glossy black head and wings and a pale pink body
[C14: from Latin: shepherd, from pascere to feed]

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Word Origin & History

mid-13c., "shepherd," also "spiritual guide, shepherd of souls" (late 14c.), from O.Fr. pastur "herdsman, shepherd" (12c.), from L. pastorem (nom. pastor) "shepherd," from pastus, pp. of pascere "to lead to pasture, graze," from PIE base *pa- "to tend, keep, pasture, feed, guard" (see
food). The spiritual sense was in Church Latin (cf. Gregory's "Cura Pastoralis"). The verb in the Christian sense is from 1872.
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Cultural Dictionary

pastor definition

In some groups of Christians, the clergyman in charge of an individual congregation. The term is used this way in the Lutheran Church and Roman Catholic Church and, to a lesser extent, by Baptists and in the Protestant Episcopal Church.

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Example sentences
Maybe the pastor asked them to leave because they were becoming a distraction.
Whoever he was, here is a true memorial to a pastor surely worthy of one.
But he has never had a proper education as a pastor.
Or, along with raw white onion, as the perfect top for tacos al pastor.
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