clerical

[kler-i-kuh l]
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adjective

noun


Nearby words

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

Origin of clerical

1425–75 for sense “learned”; 1585–95 for def 3; late Middle English < Late Latin clēricālis, equivalent to clēric(us) cleric + -ālis -al1

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British Dictionary definitions for non-clerical

clerical

adjective

relating to or associated with the clergyclerical dress
of or relating to office clerks or their worka clerical error
supporting or advocating clericalism
Derived Formsclerically, adverb

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Word Origin and History for non-clerical

clerical

adj.

1590s, "pertaining to the clergy," from cleric + -al (1), or from French clérical, from Old French clerigal "learned," from Latin clericalis, from clericus (see cleric). Meaning "pertaining to clerks" is from 1798.

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