pres·by·ter (prĕzbĭ-tər, prĕs-)
1. A priest in various hierarchical churches.
2. An elder in the Presbyterian Church.
[Late Latin, from Greek presbuteros, from comparative of presbus, old man; see per1 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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