- a member of the clergy.
- an ordained Christian minister.
Origin of clergyman
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Related Wordsevangelist, cleric, pontiff, rabbi, pastor, preacher, priest, chaplain, bishop, missionary, shepherd, vicar, curate, primate, clerk, father, abbey, cardinal, parson, rector
Examples from the Web for clergymen
In the mid-19th century, facial hair was the sort of thing worn by parliamentarians, clergymen, professors, generals, and royalty.Why Barack Should Grow a Beard
December 4, 2008
And the word was invented to distinguish the laymen from the clergymen.Samantha Among the Brethren, Part 7.
Josiah Allen's Wife (Marietta Holley)
Mr. Smith and Mr. Brown were the clergymen who preceded him.
You allow, that there are vicious Clergymen, who are unworthy of their Function.A Letter to Dion
During the last week, by his desire, clergymen from the city visited him.The Prison Chaplaincy, And Its Experiences
The lawyers next, like the clergymen, had supplied the Whigs much of their strength.The Siege of Boston
- a member of the clergyGender-neutral form: vicar, priest
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Word Origin and History for clergymen
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