[klur-jee-muh n]

noun, plural cler·gy·men.

a member of the clergy.
an ordained Christian minister.

Origin of clergyman

First recorded in 1570–80; clergy + -man Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of clergymen

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Historical Examples of clergymen

British Dictionary definitions for clergymen


noun plural -men

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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