Definitions for parsonˈpɑr sən

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

par•sonˈpɑr sən(n.)

  1. a member of the clergy, esp. a Protestant minister; pastor; rector.

    Category: Religion

Origin of parson:

1200–50; ME persone < ML persōna parish priest, L: personage. See person



Princeton's WordNet

  1. curate, minister of religion, minister, parson, pastor, rector(noun)

    a person authorized to conduct religious worship

    "clergymen are usually called ministers in Protestant churches"


  1. parson(Noun)

    An Anglican cleric having full legal control of a parish under ecclesiastical law; a rector.

  2. parson(Noun)

    A Protestant minister.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Parson(noun)

    a person who represents a parish in its ecclesiastical and corporate capacities; hence, the rector or incumbent of a parochial church, who has full possession of all the rights thereof, with the cure of souls

  2. Parson(noun)

    any clergyman having ecclesiastical preferment; one who is in orders, or is licensed to preach; a preacher


  1. Parson

    In the pre-Reformation church, a parson is the priest of an independent parish church, that is, a parish church not under the control of a larger ecclesiastical or monastic organization. The term is similar to rector and is in contrast to a vicar, a cleric whose revenue is usually, at least partially, appropriated by a larger organization. Today the term is normally used for some parish clergy of non-Roman Catholic churches, in particular in the Anglican tradition in which a parson is the incumbent of a parochial benefice: a parish priest or a rector; in this sense a parson can be contrasted with a vicar. The title parson is also applied to clergy from other denominations. A parson is often housed in a church-owned home known as a rectory or parsonage.

Anagrams of parson

  1. aprons, aspron

  2. Aprons

  3. Aspron

Translations for parson

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the priest, minister etc of a parish, usually of the Church of England.

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