preacher

A preacher is a Christian religious leader. On Sundays, preachers deliver sermons in churches.

While it's possible to preach, or proclaim publicly, about non-religious topics, you're most likely to find the word preacher describing an evangelist Christian minister or pastor. There are also informal street preachers who preach the gospel to people who walk by. Preacher comes from the Latin word praedicatorem, "public praiser," or "proclaimer."

Definitions of preacher
  1. noun
    someone whose occupation is preaching the gospel
    synonyms: preacher man, sermoniser, sermonizer
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    John Bunyan
    English preacher and author of an allegorical novel, Pilgrim's Progress (1628-1688)
    St. John Chrysostom
    (Roman Catholic Church) a Church Father who was a great preacher and bishop of Constantinople; a saint and Doctor of the Church (347-407)
    William Franklin Graham
    United States evangelical preacher famous as a mass evangelist (born in 1918)
    Aimee Semple McPherson
    United States evangelist (born in Canada) noted for her extravagant religious services (1890-1944)
    Dwight Lyman Moody
    United States evangelist (1837-1899)
    Oral Roberts
    United States evangelist (born 1918)
    William Ashley Sunday
    United States evangelist (1862-1935)
    types:
    evangelist, gospeler, gospeller, revivalist
    a preacher of the Christian gospel
    televangelist
    an evangelist who conducts services on television
    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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