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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Mr. Bangs took charge of the outside guard that night, in which the clergymen had volunteered to serve.

    Two Knapsacks John Campbell
  • Three or four hundred clergymen were present at the lecture.

  • This is a question that we leave for the Illinois clergymen themselves to decide.

  • After that, introduce a Bill for the admission of clergymen to Parliament.

    Robert Orange John Oliver Hobbes
  • In the Lancashire factories they allow women and clergymen the benefit of an entre—because they don't understand business.

    A Book about Doctors John Cordy Jeaffreson
  • Methodist clergymen, you know, are not "called" by the people of the parish, as other clergymen are.

    Nine Little Goslings Susan Coolidge
  • He had kept from her all knowledge of the Church, and of clergymen.

    If Any Man Sin H. A. Cody
  • There seems to be some fatality attaching to clergymen at Singapore.

  • There was an aged negro man present, who was noticed with marked attention by the Archdeacon, the Rector and other clergymen.

    The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus American Anti-Slavery Society
British Dictionary definitions for clergymen


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 clergymen



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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