A person who represents a parish in its ecclesiastical and corporate capacities; hence, the rector or incumbent of a parochial church, who has full possession of all the rights thereof, with the cure of souls.
Any clergyman having ecclesiastical preferment; one who is in orders, or is licensed to preach; a preacher.
The rector of a church. (Heath, Peter. Church and Realm, 1272-1461, 635) Related terms: Parsonage