Definition of Priest
(noun) A religious specialist that acts as a go-between for an individual or group and the supernatural; they also typically preside over rituals such as death rites and marriages.
Example of Priest
- A Catholic priest.
- American English – /prEEst/
- British English – /prEEst/
International Phonetic Alphabet
- American English – /prist/
- British English – /priːst/
- Plural: priests
- Priestess means a female priest but the term priest can be used regardless of gender or sex.
- The difference between a priest and a shaman is that a priest’s role is often full time but lacking direct control over supernatural power, acting only as an intermediary and a shaman’s role is often performed part time, with direct access and control of supernatural power.
- Religion Resources – Books, Journals, and Helpful Links
- Word origin of “priest” – Online Etymology Dictionary: etymonline.com
Cite the Definition of Priest
ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “priest.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved June 5, 2023 (https://sociologydictionary.org/priest/).
APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)
priest. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/priest/
Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “priest.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed June 5, 2023. https://sociologydictionary.org/priest/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“priest.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 5 Jun. 2023. <https://sociologydictionary.org/priest/>.