noun, plural cler·gies.
- clergy, benefit of,
Origin of clergy
Examples from the Web for clergy
As for the federal authorities, they have made themselves available but the clergy have not requested special protection.
African American clergy are getting in on the action as well.
Akin to the clergy receiving “The Call” from God himself, Minaj has been touched by a booty angel.Nicki Minaj’s Ass-tastic ‘Anaconda’ Video and the Curse of the Butt Career|Kevin Fallon|August 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
There are supportive African (and African-American) clergy calling for coexistence rather than violence.
That was a given among the bishops and clergy, who supported the change overwhelmingly.Church of England Gets Female Bishops and a Conservative Backlash|Nico Hines|July 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In the city itself there were thirty-two “mansuræ” or mansions, held by the clergy, rendering 35s.The Cathedral Church of Canterbury [2nd ed.].|Hartley Withers
The returns were completed; the members assembled in London, and with them as usual the convocation of the clergy.History of England from the fall of Wolsey to the death of Elizabeth. Vol. III|James Anthony Froude
He had done that which most of the clergy are obliged to do—taken a pupil.The Wits and Beaux of Society|Grace & Philip Wharton
On seeking re-election in York, he declined to give any pledge on the burning question of the Clergy Reserves and was defeated.
The latter is very common among the 321 populace, and sometimes among the clergy.
noun plural -gies
Word Origin for clergy
c.1200, clergie "office or dignity of a clergyman," from two Old French words: 1. clergié "clerics, learned men," from Medieval Latin clericatus, from Late Latin clericus (see clerk); 2. clergie "learning, knowledge, erudition," from clerc, also from Late Latin clericus. Meaning "persons ordained for religious work" is from c.1300.