priestess

priestess

[pree-stis]
noun
a woman who officiates in sacred rites.

Origin:
1685–95; priest + -ess


See -ess.
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priest or priestess (priːst)
 
n
1.  Christianity a person ordained to act as a mediator between God and man in administering the sacraments, preaching, blessing, guiding, etc
2.  (in episcopal Churches) a minister in the second grade of the hierarchy of holy orders, ranking below a bishop but above a deacon
3.  a minister of any religion
4.  Judaism a descendant of the family of Aaron who has certain privileges in the synagogue service
5.  (in some non-Christian religions) an official who offers sacrifice on behalf of the people and performs other religious ceremonies
6.  (sometimes capital) a variety of fancy pigeon having a bald pate with a crest or peak at the back of the head
7.  angling a small club used to kill fish caught
 
vb
8.  to make a priest; ordain
 
Related: hieratic
 
[Old English prēost, apparently from presbyter; related to Old High German prēster, Old French prestre]
 
priestess or priestess
 
n
 
vb
 
Related: hieratic
 
[Old English prēost, apparently from presbyter; related to Old High German prēster, Old French prestre]
 
'priestlike or priestess
 
adj

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