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ˈpɑr sənPar·son

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. curate, minister of religion, minister, parson, pastor, rectornoun

    a person authorized to conduct religious worship

    "clergymen are usually called ministers in Protestant churches"


  1. parsonnoun

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

  2. parsonnoun

    A Protestant minister.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Parsonnoun

    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

    Etymology: [OE. persone person, parson, OF. persone, F. personne person, LL. persona (sc. ecclesiae), fr. L. persona a person. See Person.]

  2. Parsonnoun

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

    Etymology: [OE. persone person, parson, OF. persone, F. personne person, LL. persona (sc. ecclesiae), fr. L. persona a person. See Person.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Parson

    pär′sn, n. the priest or incumbent of a parish: a clergyman: one who is licensed to preach.—n. Par′sonage, the residence of the minister of a parish: (orig.) the house, lands, tithes, &c. set apart for the support of the minister of a parish.—adjs. Parson′ic, Par′sonish, pertaining to or like a parson. [O. Fr. persone—L. persōna, a person.]

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  1. aprons, aspron

  2. Aprons

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Parson in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Parson in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of Parson in a Sentence

  1. David Eisenberg:

    Unlike Missouri politicians who care little if their political quests harm women, it is my duty to protect and serve the patients that come here, no matter what, missouri Gov. Michael Parson should be ashamed of Missouri Gov. Michael Parson.

  2. Leana Wen:

    Just like the Trump administration and the state politicians they embolden, Missouri Governor Parson's inspections process has become just another vehicle to intimidate doctors like me and to push abortion out of reach for patients, none of this has one bit to do with patient health or safety, but rather, banning abortion.

  3. Thomas Hardy:

    Ethelberta breathed a sort of exclamation, not right out, but stealthily, like a parson's damn.

  4. Sara Baker:

    With Governor Parson's decision to sign HB 126, Governor Parson joins the other out of touch Republican leaders who fail to protect the right to an abortion even in cases of rape and incest, this legislation puts politicians in the exam room and challenges the basic autonomy of Missourians.

  5. Missouri Director M'Evie Mead:

    I call on Governor Parson to take this issue seriously and to immediately stop weaponizing the regulatory process, they have weaponized it. And we need the courts to intervene.

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