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presbyter elder in the early Christian church; Christian minister of the second order XVI; † presbyterian XVII. — ecclL. presbyter — Gr. presbúteros in N.T. ‘elder’ of the Jewish sanhedrin, ‘elder’ of the apostolic church, sb. use of compar. of présbus old.
So presbyterate (-ATE1) office of presbyter, body of presbyters. XVII. — ecclL. presbyterātus. presbyterian pert. to government by presbyters or elders; also sb. XVII. f. ecclL. presbyterium. presbytery part of a church reserved for the clergy, sanctuary XV; body of presbyters or elders; presbyterianism XVI; priest's house XIX. — OF. presbiterie — ecclL. presbyterium — Gr. presbutérion; see -Y4.

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presbyter

pres·by·ter / ˈprezbitər; ˈpres-/ • n. hist. an elder or minister of the Christian Church. ∎ formal (in Presbyterian churches) an elder. ∎ formal (in Episcopal churches) a minister of the second order, under the authority of a bishop; a priest. DERIVATIVES: pres·byt·er·al / prezˈbitərəl; pres-/ adj. pres·byt·er·ate / prezˈbitəˌrāt; pres-/ n. pres·by·te·ri·al / ˌprezbiˈti(ə)rēəl; ˌpres-/ adj. pres·by·ter·ship / ship/ n.

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Presbyter. In the Church from the 2nd cent. on, a Christian minister of the second rank in the hierarchy of bishop–presbyter–deacon. It corresponds to the modern office of priest.

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