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 (prĕz′bĭ-tər, prĕs′-)
1. A priest in various hierarchical churches.
2. An elder in the Presbyterian Church.

[Late Latin, from Greek presbuteros, from comparative of presbus, old man; see per in Indo-European roots.]


1. (Ecclesiastical Terms)
a. an elder of a congregation in the early Christian Church
b. (in some Churches having episcopal politics) an official who is subordinate to a bishop and has administrative, teaching, and sacerdotal functions
2. (Ecclesiastical Terms) (in some hierarchical Churches) another name for priest
3. (Protestantism) (in the Presbyterian Church)
a. a teaching elder
b. a ruling elder
[C16: from Late Latin, from Greek presbuteros an older man, from presbus old man]


(ˈprɛz bɪ tər, ˈprɛs-)

1. (in the early Christian church) an office bearer who exercised teaching, priestly, and administrative functions.
2. (in hierarchical churches) a priest.
3. an elder in a Presbyterian church.
[1590–1600; < Late Latin: older, elder, presbyter < Greek presbýteros=présby(s) old + -teros comp. suffix]
pres•byt′er•al (-ˈbɪt ər əl) adj.
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Noun1.presbyter - an elder in the Presbyterian Churchpresbyter - an elder in the Presbyterian Church
elder - any of various church officers
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