Definition: Clergy

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From Middle English clergie (attested in the thirteenth century), from Old French clergié (learned men), from Late Latin clēricātus, from Latin clēricus (one ordained for religious services), from Ancient Greek κληρικός or klērikós (of the clergy).


clergy (plural clergies)

  1. Body of persons, such as priests, who are trained and ordained for religious service.
    Today we brought together clergy from the Unificationist, Catholic, New Age, and Islamic traditions for an interfaith dialogue.

Derived terms

  • clergyman

Related terms

  • cleric
  • clerical
  • clerk


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