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pastor

[pas-ter, pah-ster] /ˈpæs tər, ˈpɑ stər/
noun
1.
a minister or priest in charge of a church.
2.
a person having spiritual care of a number of persons.
3.
Ornithology. any of various starlings, especially Sturnus roseus (rosy pastor) of Europe and Asia.
verb (used with object)
4.
to serve as the pastor of:
He pastored the church here for many years.
Origin
1325-1375
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
Related forms
pastorless, adjective
pastorlike, pastorly, adjective
subpastor, noun
Can be confused
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  • Usually they are known as pastors or ministers, and serve as clergy for the church.
British Dictionary definitions for pastors

pastor

/ˈpɑːstə/
noun
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 (sense 1)
4.
Also called rosy pastor. a S Asian starling, Sturnus roseus, having glossy black head and wings and a pale pink body
Derived Forms
pastorship, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Latin: shepherd, from pascere to feed
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Word Origin and History for pastors

pastor

n.

late 14c. (mid-13c. as a surname), "shepherd," also "spiritual guide, shepherd of souls," from Old French pastor, pastur "herdsman, shepherd" (12c.), from Latin pastorem (nominative pastor) "shepherd," from pastus, past participle of pascere "to lead to pasture, set to grazing, cause to eat," from PIE root *pa- "to tend, keep, pasture, feed, guard, protect" (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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pastors in Culture

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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