[klur-jee-woo m-uh n]

noun, plural cler·gy·wom·en.

a female member of the clergy.
a woman who is an ordained Christian minister.

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noun plural -men

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

1670s, a nun, from clergy + man (n.). Not seriously as "woman pastor" until 1871; in between it was used humorously for "old woman" or "domineering wife of a clergyman." Cf. clergyman.

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