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Syllabification: par·son
Pronunciation: /ˈpärs(ə)n

Definition of parson in English:


1A beneficed member of the clergy; a rector or a vicar.
Example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • 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.


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



Pronunciation: /pärˈsänik/


Pronunciation: /pärˈsänikəl/

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