[church-muh n]

noun, plural church·men.

an ecclesiastic; clergyman.
an adherent or active supporter of a church.
British. a member of the Established Church.

Origin of churchman

1350–1400; Middle English. See church, -man
Related formschurch·man·ly, adjectivechurch·man·ship, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for churchman

Historical Examples of churchman

  • My father may grumble over his beer jugs, but he's a Churchman and a Tantivy for all that.

    Micah Clarke

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • Neither is it allowable in a Churchman when armed to confess it.

    The Memoirs of Cardinal de Retz, Complete

    Jean Francois Paul de Gondi, Cardinal de Retz

  • Her father—my wife's, I mean—was about as high a churchman as he could be, and be married.

  • It is by no means clear that we are concerned to study him as a churchman at all.

  • Such a letter is calculated to shock us in our modern notions of a churchman.

British Dictionary definitions for churchman


noun plural -men

a clergyman
a male practising member of a church
Derived Formschurchmanly, adjectivechurchmanship, noun
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Word Origin and History for churchman

mid-13c., from church (n.) + man (n.).

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