cleric

[ kler-ik ]
/ ˈklɛr ɪk /

noun

a member of the clergy.
a member of a clerical party.
clerics, (used with a plural verb) half-sized or small-sized reading glasses worn on the nose, usually rimless or with a thin metal frame.

adjective

pertaining to the clergy; clerical.

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Origin of cleric

1615–25; <Late Latin clēricus priest <Greek klērikós, equivalent to klêr(os) lot, allotment + -ikos-ic

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH cleric

clergy, cleric , imam, minister, pastor, priest, rabbi.
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British Dictionary definitions for cleric

cleric
/ (ˈklɛrɪk) /

noun

a member of the clergy

Word Origin for cleric

C17: from Church Latin clēricus priest, clerk
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