Definition of prostrator in US English:


(also prostrater)


  • A person who prostrates, especially as part of a religious observance; (in the early Orthodox Church) specifically a person belonging to the third order of penitents, permitted to attend services in a kneeling or prostrate position. Compare "kneeler", "prostrate". Now rare.


Mid 17th century (in an earlier sense). Originally from post-classical Latin prostrator person who overthrows from classical Latin prōstrāt-, past participial stem of prōsternere + -or.