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Webster 1913 Edition


Parson

Par′son

,
Noun.
[OE.
persone
person, parson, OF.
persone
, F.
personne
person, LL.
persona
(sc.
ecclesiae
), fr. L.
persona
a person. See
Person
.]
1.
(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.
2.
Any clergyman having ecclesiastical preferment; one who is in orders, or is licensed to preach; a preacher.
He hears the
parson
pray and preach.
Longfellow.
Parson bird
(Zool.)
,
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


Parson

PARSON

,
Noun.
p`arsn.
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.

Definition 2022


parson

parson

See also: pärsōn

English

Noun

parson (plural parsons)

  1. An Anglican cleric having full legal control of a parish under ecclesiastical law; a rector.
  2. A Protestant minister.

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Old French

Noun

parson m (oblique plural parsons, nominative singular parsons, nominative plural parson)

  1. Alternative form of persone (in the sense "parson")