parson

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See also: pärsōn

English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English persoun, from Anglo-Norman, Old French persone (parson, person), from Medieval Latin persona (parson, person), from Latin persona (person). Doublet of person and persona.

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Noun[edit]

parson (plural parsons)

  1. An Anglican cleric having full legal control of a parish under ecclesiastical law; a rector.
  2. A Protestant minister.
  3. (now chiefly historical) A Roman Catholic priest of an independent parish church.
    • c. 1503–1512, John Skelton, Ware the Hauke; republished in John Scattergood, editor, John Skelton: The Complete English Poems, 1983, OCLC 8728872, lines 35–37, page 62:
      a lewde curate,
      A parson benyfyced
      But nothynge well advysed.

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Noun[edit]

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

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