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[klur-jee-muh n]
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noun, plural cler·gy·men.
  1. a member of the clergy.
  2. an ordained Christian minister.
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Origin of clergyman

First recorded in 1570–80; clergy + -man
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  • This feeling was intensified by the belief that Swift, as a clergyman, was insincere.

  • The clergyman was coming along the path with Schwitter at his heels.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • Her name was Dorothea Taust; her father, like most of his ancestors, was a clergyman.


    Edward J. Dent

  • This gentleman was a clergyman, who had no regular parish, but who preached in a chapel of his own.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • The clergyman looked round; one of the children was trembling.

    Night and Morning, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

British Dictionary definitions for clergyman


noun plural -men
  1. a member of the clergyGender-neutral form: vicar, priest
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Word Origin and History for clergyman


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

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