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clergywoman

[klur-jee-woo m-uh n]
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noun, plural cler·gy·wom·en.
  1. a female member of the clergy.
  2. a woman who is an ordained Christian minister.
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Origin of clergywoman

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Examples from the Web for clergywoman

Historical Examples

  • He resisted but little, for his parish needed a clergywoman sadly.

    The Incomplete Amorist

    E. Nesbit

  • She seemed to have been at the inn with the clergywoman, and was telling the tinker-mother the result.


British Dictionary definitions for clergywoman

clergywoman

noun plural -men
  1. a female member of the clergyGender-neutral form: vicar, priest
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Word Origin and History for clergywoman

n.

1670s, a nun, from clergy + man (n.). Not seriously as "woman pastor" until 1871; in between it was used humorously for "old woman" or "domineering wife of a clergyman." Cf. clergyman.

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