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Middle English preist < Old English prēost < Late Latin presbyter < Ancient Greek πρεσβύτερος (presbuteros) < πρέσβυς (presbus), elder, older).

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  1. A religious clergyman who is trained to perform services or sacrifices at a church or temple.
    The priest at the Catholic church heard his confession.
    The Shinto priest burnt incense for his ancestors.
    The israelite priests of Yahweh’s temple were descended from Moses' brother Aaron.
  2. A blunt tool, used for stunning and killing fish

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