1. [syn: curate, minister of religion, minister, parson, pastor, rector]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Parson \Par"son\, n. [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
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
Nov[ae]seelandi[ae]) 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
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a person authorized to conduct religious worship;
"clergymen are usually called ministers in Protestant
churches" [syn: curate, minister of religion,
minister, parson, pastor, rector]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
29 Moby Thesaurus words for "parson":
DD, Doctor of Divinity, Holy Joe, abbe, chaplain, churchman,
clergyman, cleric, clerical, clerk, curate, cure, divine,
ecclesiastic, man of God, military chaplain, minister, padre,
pastor, rector, reverend, servant of God, shepherd, sky pilot,
supply clergy, supply minister, the Reverend, the very Reverend,
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):
PARSON, eccl. law. One who has full possession of all the rights of a
2. He is so called because by his person the church, which is an
invisible body, is represented: in England he is himself a body corporate it
order to protect and defend the church (which he personates) by a the
minority, if required to bring Story on Partn. Sec. 489. 1 Bouv. Inst. n.
1217. 398; 5 Com. Dig. 346.