1. One who prophesies, or foretells events; a predicter; a foreteller.
2. One inspired or instructed by god to speak in his name, or announce future events, as, Moses, Elijah, etc.
3. An interpreter; a spokesman.
4. (Science: zoology) A mantis. School of the prophets, a school or college in which young men were educated and trained for public teachers or members of the prophetic order. These students were called sons of the prophets.
Origin: F. Prophete, L. Propheta, fr. Gr, literally, one who speaks for another, especially, one who speaks for a god an interprets his will to man, fr. To say beforehand; for, before – to say or speak. See Fame.