• (RP) IPA: /ˈpɑːstə/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈpæstɚ/

pastor (plural pastors)

  1. (now rare) A shepherd; someone who tends to a flock of animals.
  2. Someone with spiritual authority over a group of people
  3. (Protestantism) A minister or priest in a church.
  4. (Roman Catholicism, US) The main priest serving a parish.
  5. A bird, the rosy starling.
    • 1944, Country Life (volume 95, page 820)
      Agricultural officers have put it on record that the pastor must on balance be considered beneficial on account of the vast quantities of locusts which it destroys.
Synonyms Translations Translations
  • Italian: pastore
  • Russian: настоя́тель

pastor (pastors, present participle pastoring; past and past participle pastored)

  1. (Christianity, ambitransitive) To serve a congregation as pastor

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