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[kurk-muh n; Scot. kirk-muh n] /ˈkɜrk mən; Scot. ˈkɪrk mən/
noun, plural kirkmen. Scot. and North England.
a member or follower of the Kirk.
a churchman.
Origin of kirkman
Middle English word dating back to 1300-50; See origin at kirk, -man Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Mr. kirkman's argument is in substance: Rate-making is a difficult subject.

    The Railroad Question William Larrabee
  • Mr. kirkman thought all the world of Jim and could not run the shop without him.

    An Anarchist Woman Hutchins Hapgood
  • I am sure nobody else in the station could do so well, Mrs. kirkman said.

    Madonna Mary Mrs. Oliphant
  • If only she does not put her trust in her own works, Mrs. kirkman added.

    Madonna Mary Mrs. Oliphant
  • My dear Mary, we know nothing but what the Major has told us, said Mrs. kirkman.

    Madonna Mary Mrs. Oliphant
  • Mrs. kirkman had already made the remark that Mary was not at all dressed.

    Madonna Mary Mrs. Oliphant
British Dictionary definitions for kirkman


/ˈkɜːkmən; ˈkɪrk-/
noun (Scot) (pl) -men
a member or strong upholder of the Kirk
a churchman; clergyman
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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