presbiter (c.1260)

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presbiter (c.1260)

[ gdw]

[ FEW: 9,359a prsbyter; Gdf: ; GdfC: ; TL: ; DEAF:  presbitere (*); DMF: ; TLF: ; OED:  presbyter n.; MED: ; DMLBS: 2450a presbyter ]
 

This sole attestation of the word in Anglo-Norman is unusual. The original Greek etymon of prestre1, πρεσβύτερος, was borrowed in medieval Latin and appears in Old English. However, it only re-emerges in English in the second half of the sixteenth century, and (at least in its simplex form, i.e. with reference to the priest) is absent from Continental French.

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1eccl.occupationpriest, ordained minister who officiates at the Eucharist and administers the sacraments
( c.1260; MS: s.xiv1 )  treis ordres [...] Ki ordres seinz apelent la gent: Sodekene, deakene et presbiter  2205
presbiterie  prestre#1  priest#1  pruveire 
This is an AND2 Phase 4 (N-O/U-P-Q) entry. © 2013-17 The Anglo-Norman Dictionary. All rights reserved. Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council of the United Kingdom.
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