Definition of Prester John in English:

Prester John

Syllabification: Pres·ter John
Pronunciation: /ˈprestər ˈjän
  • A legendary medieval Christian king of Asia (and, later, of Ethiopia), 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'.

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