- 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
Examples from the Web for cleric
Three years ago, Republican Guard soldiers came into the hills and killed a cleric accused of hosting Jundullah fighters.The Dangerous Drug-Funded Secret War Between Iran and Pakistan
December 29, 2014
In 1483 the princes were publicly declared illegitimate by a cleric.Three Dicks: Cheney, Nixon, Richard III and the Art of Reputation Rehab
July 27, 2014
Coming from the Jordanian cleric, that condemnation is especially powerful.Al Qaeda to ISIS: Get Off My Lawn—The Theological Debate Behind the Caliphate
July 9, 2014
Maybe the cleric can rub his own magic lamp, and ask it to explain the concept known as brain drain.Iran Cleric: Jews Use Sorcery to Spy
July 5, 2014
“The heroes of the Ukrainian nation who gave up their lives in the name of freedom,” a cleric said in English.Ukrainians in U.S. Warn: ‘Mr. Putin, Heroes Do Not Die’
April 1, 2014
He spoke proudly, defiantly, looking the cleric full in the face.People of Position
Stanley Portal Hyatt
It matters not to us whom Cleric follows, so long as we may follow Cleric!
Sarka dimmed the light of Cleric, who instantly made answer.
"Go on with your story," said M'Iver, sharply, to the cleric.
"I am obliged to you for that, kinsman," said his lordship in Gaelic, with a by-your-leave to the cleric.
- a member of the clergy
Word Origin and History for cleric
1620s (also in early use as an adjective), from Church Latin clericus "clergyman, priest," noun use of adjective meaning "priestly, belonging to the clerus;" from Ecclesiastical Greek klerikos "pertaining to an inheritance," but in Greek Christian jargon by 2c., "of the clergy, belonging to the clergy," as opposed to the laity; from kleros "a lot, allotment; piece of land; heritage, inheritance," originally "a shard or wood chip used in casting lots," related to klan "to break" (see clastic).
Kleros was used by early Greek Christians for matters relating to ministry, based on Deut. xviii:2 reference to Levites as temple assistants: "Therefore shall they have no inheritance among their brethren: the Lord is their inheritance," kleros being used as a translation of Hebrew nahalah "inheritance, lot." Or else it is from the use of the word in Acts i:17. A word taken up in English after clerk (n.) shifted to its modern meaning.