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Presbytera is a Greek title of honor that is used to refer to a priest's wife. It is derived from presbyteros—the Greek word for priest (literally, "elder").

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Other languages

Presbytera corresponds to the following equivalent titles:

  • Arabic: Khouria (from the word khoury, meaning "priest")
  • Russian: Matushka (literally means "mama," i.e., the intimate form of "mother")
  • Serbian: Papadia
  • Romanian: Preoteasa
  • Albanian: Prifteresha


  • Presbytera: The Life, Mission, and Service of the Priest's Wife, by Athanasia Papademetriou (ISBN 0972466142)