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From Middle English presthed, presthede, presthod, presthode, from Old English prēosthād (priesthood), equivalent to priest +‎ -hood. Compare Dutch priesterheid (priesthood).


  • IPA(key): /ˈpɹiːstˌhʊd/
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priesthood (countable and uncountable, plural priesthoods)

  1. The role or office of a priest.
  2. Priests as a group; the clergy.
    • 2001, David L. Lieber, Jules Harlow, Etz Hayim: Torah and Commentary, page 755:
      The priesthood sold the land when it became apparent that its donor had no intention of redeeming it.
  3. Authority to act in the name of God or the divine in general.

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