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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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evangelist, cleric, pontiff, rabbi, pastor, preacher, priest, chaplain, bishop, missionary, shepherd, vicar, curate, primate, clerk, father, abbey, cardinal, parson, rector

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



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

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