What does priestly mean?

Definitions for priestly
ˈprist lipriest·ly

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. priestly, hieratic, hieratical, sacerdotaladjective

    associated with the priesthood or priests

    "priestly (or sacerdotal) vestments"; "hieratic gestures"

  2. priestly, priestlikeadjective

    befitting or characteristic of a priest or the priesthood

    "priestly dedication to the people of his parish"


  1. priestlyadjective

    of or relating to priests; order of the priests; high religious position

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Priestlyadjective

    Becoming a priest; sacerdotal; belonging to a priest.

    Etymology: from priest.

    In the Jewish church, none that was blind or lame was capable of the priestly office. Robert South, Sermons.

    How can incest suit with holiness,
    Or priestly orders with a princely state? Dryden.


  1. Priestly

    Priestly is a surname.


  1. priestly

    Priestly generally refers to something related to, characteristic of, carried out by, or being a priest or the priesthood. This could include duties, responsibilities, behaviors, attributes, or appearances associated with religious ministers especially those authorized to perform the sacred rituals of a religion, such as a Catholic, Orthodox, or Anglican priest. It can also refer to acting as an intermediary between God and humankind, offering spiritual guidance, or conducting religious ceremonies or services.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Priestlyadjective

    of or pertaining to a priest or the priesthood; sacerdotal; befitting or becoming a priest; as, the priestly office; a priestly farewell

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Priestly is ranked #42308 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Priestly surname appeared 513 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Priestly.

    54.7% or 281 total occurrences were White.
    36.6% or 188 total occurrences were Black.
    4.2% or 22 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    3.7% or 19 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of priestly in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of priestly in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of priestly in a Sentence

  1. Carlo Alberto Capella:

    It was never part of my priestly life before.

  2. Bill Donohue:

    No one did more to successfully address the problem of priestly sexual abuse than Joseph Ratzinger.

  3. Aaron Nordquist:

    The most effective way to revive a functional democracy is to do what we have always done; transfer decision-making from the unaccountable institutions: monarchs, priestly castes, military juntas, political or economic dictatorships, or modern corporations, and bring it back to the public arena.

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