Meaning of “priest” in the English Dictionary

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"priest" in British English

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priestnoun [ C ]

uk /priːst/ us /priːst/

B1 a person, usually a man, who has been trained to perform religious duties in the Christian Church, especially the Roman Catholic Church, or a person with particular duties in some other religions:

Father O'Dooley was ordained a priest in 1949.
There is still a ban on women priests in the Catholic Church.

More examples

  • an Anglican priest
  • the parish priest

(Definition of “priest” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"priest" in American English

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priestnoun [ C ]

us /prist/

female priestess a person, usually a man, who has been trained to perform religious duties in some Christian churches, esp. the Roman Catholic Church, or a person with particular duties in some other religions:

a Catholic priest

(Definition of “priest” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)