Definition of preacher noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈpriːtʃə(r)//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpriːtʃər//
Religious people
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a person, often a member of the clergy, who gives religious talks and often performs religious ceremonies, for example in a church a preacher famous for her inspiring sermons a lay preacher (= who is not a priest, etc. but who has been trained to give religious talks) See related entries: Religious people Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French precheor, from ecclesiastical Latin praedicator, from the verb praedicare ‘proclaim’, in ecclesiastical Latin ‘preach’, from prae ‘before’ + dicare ‘declare’.Extra examples He was a radical preacher who inspired peasants to rebel. His father was an itinerant Methodist preacher. a Southern hellfire preacher a charismatic TV preacher a series of guest preachers clergymen who adamantly opposed women preachers right-wing Christian fundamentalist preachers
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: preacher