Definition of Prester John in English:

Share this entry

Prester John

Pronunciation: /ˈprɛstə/
A legendary medieval Christian king of Asia, said to have defeated the Muslims and to be destined to bring help to the Holy Land.


Middle English: from Old French prestre Jehan, from medieval Latin presbyter Johannes 'priest John'.

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: Pres|ter John

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.