Webster 1913 Edition
personeperson, parson, OF.
ecclesiae), fr. L.
personaa person. See
(Eng. Eccl. Law)
A person who represents a parish in its ecclesiastical and corporate capacities; hence, the rector or incumbent of a parochial church, who has full possession of all the rights thereof, with the cure of souls.
Any clergyman having ecclesiastical preferment; one who is in orders, or is licensed to preach; a preacher.
He hears the
parsonpray and preach.
a New Zealand bird (
Prosthemadera Novæseelandiæ) remarkable for its powers of mimicry and its ability to articulate words. Its color is glossy black, with a curious tuft of long, curly, white feathers on each side of the throat. It is often kept as a cage bird.
Webster 1828 Edition
1.The priest of a parish or ecclesiastical society; the rector or incumbent of a parish, who has the parochial charge or cure of souls. It is used in this sense by all denominations of christians; but among independents or congregationalists it is merely a colloquial word.
2.A clergyman; a man that is in orders or has been licensed to preach.