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Definitions for preacher
ˈpri tʃərpreach·er

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word preacher.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. preacher, preacher man, sermonizer, sermonisernoun

    someone whose occupation is preaching the gospel


  1. preachernoun

    Someone who preaches the gospel; a clergyman.

  2. Preachernoun

    Alternative name for Ecclesiastes, the twenty-first book of the Old Testament.

  3. Preachernoun

    A nickname.

  4. Preachernoun

    Ecclesiastes, the twenty-first book of the Old Testament.

  5. Preachernoun

    A male given name from English.

  6. Preachernoun

    A surname.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Preachernoun

    Etymology: prescheur, Fr. from preach.

    The Lord gave the word; great was the company of the preachers. Psalm lxviii. 11.

    You may hear the sound of a preacher’s voice, when you cannot distinguish what he saith. Francis Bacon.

    Here lies a truly honest man,
    One of those few that in this town
    Honour all preachers; hear their own. Richard Crashaw.

    No preacher is listened to but time, which gives us the same train of thought, that elder people have tried in vain to put into our heads before. Jonathan Swift.


  1. Preacher

    A preacher is a person who delivers sermons or homilies on religious topics to an assembly of people. Less common are preachers who preach on the street, or those whose message is not necessarily religious, but who preach components such as a moral or social worldview or philosophy.


  1. preacher

    A preacher is a person, typically associated with a particular religious tradition, who delivers sermons or homilies, often with the aim of encouraging or instructing believers in matters of faith and morals. They may be a member of the clergy or a layperson chosen by a religious community. Moreover, their role may include leading services of worship, providing spiritual and pastoral guidance, and performing religious rituals.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Preachernoun

    one who preaches; one who discourses publicly on religious subjects

  2. Preachernoun

    one who inculcates anything with earnestness

  3. Etymology: [Cf. OF. preeschierre, prescheur, F. prcheur, L. praedicator.]


  1. Preacher

    A preacher is a person who delivers sermons or gives homilies, generally on religious topics, although one can also preach any of the components of any worldview or philosophy. Some see a preacher as distinct from a theologian by focusing on the communication rather than the development of doctrine. Others see preaching and theology as being intertwined. Preaching is not limited to religious views, but it extends to moral and social world-views as well.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. preacher

    1. Mendicancy in a celluloid collar. 2. A man who advises others concerning things about which he knows nothing. 3. Any man who lives on six hundred dollars a year and only works orally. 4. (Now obsolete) One who makes pastoral calls, frightens the young, astonishes the old, bothers the busy, and serves disappointed females as vicarious lover, father, friend, and personal representative of Deity.

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Preacher is ranked #54418 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Preacher surname appeared 379 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Preacher.

    56.2% or 213 total occurrences were White.
    34% or 129 total occurrences were Black.
    4.7% or 18 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    3.4% or 13 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of preacher in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of preacher in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of preacher in a Sentence

  1. Martin Luther:

    A preacher must be both soldier and shepherd. He must nourish, defend, and teach he must have teeth in his mouth, and be able to bite and fight.

  2. Proverb:

    There are three things that can destroy a preacher, the glory, the gold, and the girls.

  3. Lawrence Carter:

    We have made progress but we are a long way from the ideals of our Founding Fathers, there’s work for a preacher in Washington.

  4. Proverb:

    It's a fine sermon about fasting when the preacher just had lunch.

  5. Kay White:

    We’re not electing a husband, we’re not electing a preacher, we’re electing a leader.

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