from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An Anglican cleric with full legal control of a parish under ecclesiastical law; a rector.
- n. A member of the clergy, especially a Protestant minister.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An Anglican cleric having full legal control of a parish under ecclesiastical law; a rector.
- n. A Protestant minister.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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 souls.
- n. Any clergyman having ecclesiastical preferment; one who is in orders, or is licensed to preach; a preacher.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A person.
- n. The person in holy orders who has the charge or cure of souls in a parish; the incumbent of a parochial benefice.
- n. A clergyman in general; a man licensed to preach: often used colloquially, or with a touch of contempt: as, a fox-hunting parson.
- n. A tiny finch of Brazil, Spermophila minuta.
- n. The parson-bird or poe-bird.
- n. Synonyms Clergyman, Priest, etc. See minister, n.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a person authorized to conduct religious worship
Now my friend the parson is the outgrowth of the New England theocracy, about the simplest, purest, and least objectionable state of society that the world ever saw.
So that one of his Oxford friends, as he traveled through Childrey, inquiring for his diversion of some of the people, Who was their minister, and how they liked him? received this answer: Our parson is one Mr. Pococke, a plain honest man.
I am nothing but 'th' parson 'to these people, and' th 'parson' is one for whom they have little respect and no sympathy.
The parson is my intimate friend, and it is easy for me to see that he has designs for the good of my soul, for which I sincerely love him.
The parson was the only living soul left near the building in five minutes.
After mature consideration he made up his mind that the parson should be his ambassador.
The parson was a little, meagre, black-looking man, with a grizzled wig that was too wide, and stood off from each ear; so that his head seemed to have shrunk away within it, like a dried filbert in its shell.
THE death of the parson was the commencement of a new era in the history of his slaves.
I have my own views; and if they are relaxed and out of order now and then, why, the parson is the man to apply to, and not the baron.
When Miss Kitty burst into tears the parson was a little astonished as well as distressed.