Definition of parson in English:


Syllabification: par·son
Pronunciation: /ˈpärsən


  • 1A beneficed member of the clergy; a rector or a vicar.
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    • But, for the modern Episcopalian, the country parson is probably an ideal figure, remote and more longed for than experienced.
    • This seems especially true of recent fiction written by people who have never served a parish as its parson.
    • You tell us not to believe what parsons say about religion.
  • 1.1 informal Any member of the clergy, especially a Protestant one.
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    • While it was fronted largely by bluff Protestant parsons, it was backed by Stalin's branch office in the Australian Communist Party.
    • But a Protestant parson also visited the place.
    • Georg Frobenius's father was Christian Ferdinand Frobenius, a Protestant parson, and his mother was Christine Elizabeth Friedrich.



Pronunciation: /pärˈsänik/


Pronunciation: /pärˈsänikəl/


Middle English: from Old French persone, from Latin persona 'person' (in medieval Latin 'rector').

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