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  2  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Parson  \Par"son\,  n.  [OE.  persone  person,  parson,  OF  persone, 
  F.  personne  person,  LL  persona  (sc.  ecclesiae),  fr  L. 
  persona  a  person.  See  {Person}.] 
  1.  (Eng.  Eccl.  Law)  A  person  who  represents  a  parish  in  its 
  ecclesiastical  and  corporate  capacities;  hence  the  rector 
  or  incumbent  of  a  parochial  church,  who  has  full 
  possession  of  all  the  rights  thereof,  with  the  cure  of 
  2.  Any  clergyman  having  ecclesiastical  preferment;  one  who  is 
  in  orders  or  is  licensed  to  preach;  a  preacher. 
  He  hears  the  parson  pray  and  preach.  --Longfellow. 
  {Parson  bird}  (Zo["o]l.),  a  New  Zealand  bird  ({Prosthemadera 
  Nov[ae]seelandi[ae]})  remarkable  for  its  powers  of  mimicry 
  and  its  ability  to  articulate  words  Its  color  is  glossy 
  black,  with  a  curious  tuft  of  long,  curly,  white  feathers 
  on  each  side  of  the  throat.  It  is  often  kept  as  a  cage 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  :  a  person  authorized  to  conduct  religious  worship  [syn:  {curate}, 
  {minister},  {pastor},  {rector}] 

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