One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
In Germany and other German-speaking areas: a minister, priest, or pastor. Also as a title: ‘Father’.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in William Thackeray (1811–1863), novelist. From German Pfarrer parish priest, pastor (Middle High German pharraere, late Old High German pharrāri) from Old High German pfarra, farra parish + -āri.
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