[ kler-ik ]
/ ˈklɛr ɪk /


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.


pertaining to the clergy; clerical.

Origin of cleric

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

Can be confused

clergy cleric imam minister pastor priest rabbi Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for cleric


/ (ˈklɛrɪk) /


a member of the clergy

Word Origin for cleric

C17: from Church Latin clēricus priest, clerk
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