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chaplain

A chaplain is usually a religious leader — a minister, rabbi, or other clergy member — who works outside of a church or temple.

You can use the word chaplain to describe the minister who counsels patients at your local hospital. Or, a chaplain could also be a priest who lives and works with soldiers on a battlefield (a military chaplain). These days, many chaplains are non-denominational, not associated with any particular religion. The Latin root word, cappellanus, means "clergyman."

Definitions of chaplain
  1. noun
    a clergyman ministering to some institution
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    types:
    prison chaplain
    a chaplain in a prison
    hospital chaplain
    a chaplain in a hospital
    Holy Joe, military chaplain, padre, sky pilot
    a chaplain in one of the military services
    type of:
    clergyman, man of the cloth, reverend
    a member of the clergy and a spiritual leader of the Christian Church
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