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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A person who participates in a religious ceremony or rite.
  • n. A person who officiates at a religious or civil ceremony or rite, especially a wedding.
  • n. In some Christian churches, the cleric officiating at the celebration of the Eucharist.
  • n. A participant in a celebration.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A person who officiates at a religious ceremony, especially a marriage or the Eucharist.
  • n. A person who conducts formal ceremonies in the community, particularly weddings, baby namings, renewals of wedding vows and funerals.
  • n. A person who is celebrating something.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who performs a public religious rite; -- applied particularly to an officiating priest in the Roman Catholic Church, as distinguished from his assistants.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who celebrates; specifically, in the Roman and Anglican churches, the chief officiating priest in offering mass or celebrating the eucharist, as distinguished from his assistants.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a person who is celebrating
  • n. an officiating priest celebrating the Eucharist

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