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[pree-cher] /ˈpri tʃər/
a person whose occupation or function it is to preach the gospel.
a person who preaches.
Origin of preacher
1175-1225; Middle English precho(u)r < Old French prech(e)or, earlier preëch(e)or < Late Latin praedicātor. See preach, -or2 Unabridged
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  • They are less usual when waiting to hear a religious preacher.
  • You're criticizing the preacher for not disclosing his religious affiliation to the choir.
  • He learned to play the guitar from a preacher who probably would have fainted had he a clue as to how it would be used.
  • He has a missionary's drive to teach others what he knows, and he speaks with a preacher's fervor.
  • Of course little in the way of what the preacher was predicting ever happened.
  • People clapping, shouting to the preacher and swaying to gospel tunes.
  • Warren's publicist says the preacher was pruning the plant in his yard and accidentally rubbed some poisonous sap into his eyes.
  • But when he runs out onstage and starts dispensing financial advice, you realize that he could have been a great preacher.
  • He hears false power in the preacher's voice, sees outsiders pretending.
  • Crowley was a printer, a puritan and a famous preacher.
British Dictionary definitions for preacher


a person who has the calling and function of preaching the Christian Gospel, esp a Protestant clergyman
a person who preaches


(Bible) the Preacher, the author of Ecclesiastes or the book of Ecclesiastes
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Word Origin and History for preacher

c.1200, from Old French preecheor "preacher" (Modern French prêcheur), from Latin praedicatorem (nominative praedicator) "public praiser, eulogist," literally "proclaimer" (see preach). Slang short form preach (n.) is recorded by 1968, American English.

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