clergy

[ klur-jee ]
/ ˈklɜr dʒi /

noun, plural cler·gies.

the group or body of ordained persons in a religion, as distinguished from the laity.

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Origin of clergy

1175–1225; Middle English clerge,clergie<Old French clergé (<Late Latin clericātus office of a priest; see cleric, -ate3), clergie, equivalent to clerccleric + -ie-y3, with -g- after clergé

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OTHER WORDS FROM clergy

cler·gy·like, adjectivean·ti·cler·gy, adjectivepro·cler·gy, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH clergy

clergy , cleric, imam, minister, pastor, priest, rabbi.
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British Dictionary definitions for clergy

clergy
/ (ˈklɜːdʒɪ) /

noun plural -gies

the collective body of men and women ordained as religious ministers, esp of the Christian ChurchRelated adjectives: clerical, pastoral

Word Origin for clergy

C13: from Old French clergie, from clerc ecclesiastic, clerk
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