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[kal-uh-yer, kuh-loi-er]
  1. a monk of the Eastern Church.
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Origin of caloyer

1605–15; < Middle French caloyer < Modern Greek kalógēros venerable, equivalent to kaló(s) beautiful + -gēros old (gêr(as) old age + -os adj. suffix)
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Historical Examples of caloyer

  • It was restored by a Prince of Georgia or Iberia, and enlarged by his son, a caloyer.

    Visits To Monasteries in the Levant

    Robert Curzon

British Dictionary definitions for caloyer


  1. a monk of the Greek Orthodox Church, esp of the Basilian Order
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Word Origin for caloyer

C17: from French, from Medieval Greek kalogēros venerable, from Greek kalos beautiful + gēras old age
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