Pres·ter John (prĕstər)
A legendary figure in Europe during the Middle Ages, who was thought to rule over a large Christian kingdom in Ethiopia or Central Asia.
[Middle English prestre, priest, from Old French, from Late Latin presbyter; see PRESBYTER.]
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