From Middle English persoun, from Anglo-Norman, Old French persone (“parson, person”), from Medieval Latin persona (“parson, person”), from Latin persona (“person”). Doublet of person and persona.
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈpɑːs(ə)n/
Audio (Southern England) (file)
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈpɑɹsən/
- Rhymes: -ɑː(ɹ)sən
- Hyphenation: par‧son
parson (plural parsons)
- An Anglican cleric having full legal control of a parish under ecclesiastical law; a rector.
- A Protestant minister.
- (now chiefly historical) A Roman Catholic priest of an independent parish church.
- c. 1503–1512, John Skelton, Ware the Hauke; republished in John Scattergood, editor, John Skelton: The Complete English Poems, 1983, OCLC 8728872, lines 35–37, page 62:
- a lewde curate,
A parson benyfyced
But nothynge well advysed.
cleric having full control of a parish
- The translations below need to be checked and inserted above into the appropriate translation tables. See instructions at Wiktionary:Entry layout § Translations.
parson m (oblique plural parsons, nominative singular parsons, nominative plural parson)
- Alternative form of persone (in the sense "parson")