presbyters

presbyter

[prez-bi-ter, pres-]
noun
1.
(in the early Christian church) an office bearer who exercised teaching, priestly, and administrative functions.
2.
(in hierarchical churches) a priest.
3.
an elder in a Presbyterian church.

Origin:
1590–1600; < Late Latin, noun use of the adj.: older < Greek presbýteros, equivalent to présby(s) old + -teros comparative suffix

presbyteral [prez-bit-er-uhl, pres-] , adjective
nonpresbyter, noun
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presbyter (ˈprɛzbɪtə)
 
n
1.  a.  an elder of a congregation in the early Christian Church
 b.  (in some Churches having episcopal politics) an official who is subordinate to a bishop and has administrative, teaching, and sacerdotal functions
2.  (in some hierarchical Churches) another name for priest
3.  in the Presbyterian Church
 a.  a teaching elder
 b.  a ruling elder
 
[C16: from Late Latin, from Greek presbuteros an older man, from presbus old man]

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