Zacharias [Gr. from Heb. Zechariah ] or Zachary [Eng. from Heb.]. 1 Priest to whom an angel appeared and foretold the birth of his son, John the Baptist. Luke 1.5–80. He and Elizabeth, his wife, are saints of the Roman Catholic Church their feast day is Nov. 5. 2 Martyr prophet, the same as Zechariah 2. 3 Book of the Old Testament, often called Zechariah .

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