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[klur-jee-muh n] /ˈklɜr dʒi mən/
noun, plural clergymen.
a member of the clergy.
an ordained Christian minister.
Origin of clergyman
First recorded in 1570-80; clergy + -man Unabridged
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  • This feeling was intensified by the belief that Swift, as a clergyman, was insincere.

  • The clergyman was coming along the path with Schwitter at his heels.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • Her name was Dorothea Taust; her father, like most of his ancestors, was a clergyman.

    Handel Edward J. Dent
  • This gentleman was a clergyman, who had no regular parish, but who preached in a chapel of his own.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • The clergyman looked round; one of the children was trembling.

    Night and Morning, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Consider, the register itself is destroyed—the clergyman dead.

    Night and Morning, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • He was not yet quite certain that Adams had any more of the clergyman in him than his cassock.

    Joseph Andrews, Vol. 2 Henry Fielding
British Dictionary definitions for clergyman


noun (pl) -men
a member of the clergy Gender-neutral form vicar, priest
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for clergyman

1570s, from clergy + man (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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