[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.

Nearby words

  1. clerestory,
  2. clergy,
  3. clergy, benefit of,
  4. clergyman,
  5. clergyperson,
  6. cleric,
  7. clerical,
  8. clerical collar,
  9. clericalism,
  10. clerically

Origin of clergywoman Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for clergywoman


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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