clergyman

[klur-jee-muh n]

noun, plural cler·gy·men.

a member of the clergy.
an ordained Christian minister.

Nearby words

  1. cleptomaniac,
  2. clerc,
  3. clerestory,
  4. clergy,
  5. clergy, benefit of,
  6. clergyperson,
  7. clergywoman,
  8. cleric,
  9. clerical,
  10. clerical collar

Origin of clergyman

First recorded in 1570–80; clergy + -man

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British Dictionary definitions for clergyman

clergyman

noun plural -men

a member of the clergyGender-neutral form: vicar, priest
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Word Origin and History for clergyman

clergyman

n.

1570s, from clergy + man (n.).

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