What does parson mean?

Definitions for parsonˈpɑr sən

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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

  3. Origin: [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.]

Anagrams for parson »

  1. aprons, aspron

  2. Aprons

  3. Aspron


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Thomas Hardy:

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

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