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

  • n. A Christian minister or priest having spiritual charge over a congregation or other group.
  • n. A layperson having spiritual charge over a person or group.
  • n. A shepherd.
  • transitive v. To serve or act as pastor of.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A shepherd; someone who tends to a flock of animals.
  • n. A minister or a priest in a Christian church.
  • v. To serve a congregation as pastor

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A shepherd; one who has the care of flocks and herds.
  • n. A guardian; a keeper; specifically (Eccl.), a minister having the charge of a church and parish.
  • n. A species of starling (Pastor roseus), native of the plains of Western Asia and Eastern Europe. Its head is crested and glossy greenish black, and its back is rosy. It feeds largely upon locusts.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who has the care of a flock or herd; a herdsman; especially, a shepherd.
  • n. A minister or clergyman installed according to the usages of some Christian denomination in charge of a specific church or body of churches.
  • n. [capitalized] [NL.] A genus of sturnoid passerine birds having the head crested and the plumage in part rosecolored, as P. roseus of Europe; the rosestarlings: so named from association with cattle, like cow-bird, etc. Also called Thremmaphilus, Gracula, and by other names.
  • n. A bird of this genus.
  • n. Synonyms Clergyman, Divine, etc. See minister.
  • n. A fish, Nomeus gronovii, which lives in the tropical parts of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans and swims near the surface in rather deep water. It is often found among the tentacles of the Portuguese man-of-war.
  • To shepherd, literally or figuratively.

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

  • n. only the rose-colored starlings; in some classifications considered a separate genus
  • n. a person authorized to conduct religious worship


Middle English, from Old French, from Latin pāstor, shepherd; see pā- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old French pastor (Modern French pasteur), from Latin pastor. (Wiktionary)



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