He resisted but little, for his parish needed a clergywoman sadly.
She seemed to have been at the inn with the clergywoman, and was telling the tinker-mother the result.
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.