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presbyter  (ˈprɛzbɪtə



    1. an elder of a congregation in the early Christian Church
    2. (in some Churches having episcopal politics) an official who is subordinate to a bishop and has administrative, teaching, and sacerdotal functions
  1. (in some hierarchical Churches) another name for priest
  2. (in the Presbyterian Church)
    1. a teaching elder
    2. a ruling elder

Word Origin

C16: from Late Latin, from Greek presbuteros an older man, from presbus old man


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