Definition of cleric in English:


Syllabification: cler·ic
Pronunciation: /ˈklerik


A priest or religious leader, especially a Christian or Muslim one.
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  • Constantly, they are being seen with Muslim clerics and visiting mosques.
  • He was a well-respected figure and considered a relatively moderate leader in a party ruled by hardline Muslim clerics.


early 17th century: from ecclesiastical Latin clericus 'clergyman', from Greek klērikos 'belonging to the Christian clergy', from klēros 'lot, heritage' (Acts 1:26).

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