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clergy Line breaks: clergy
Pronunciation: /ˈkləːdʒi/

Definition of clergy in English:

noun (plural clergies)

[usually treated as plural]
The body of all people ordained for religious duties, especially in the Christian Church: all marriages were to be solemnized by the clergy
More example sentences
  • He helped to draft a new catechism of the church to instruct parish clergy.
  • The colleges provide sheltered housing for clergy widows and retired clergy.
  • Invariably, he would publicly upbraid those members of the clergy he deemed to be unconverted.
clergymen, clergywomen, churchmen, churchwomen, clerics, priests, ecclesiastics, men/women of God, men/women of the cloth;
ministry, priesthood, holy orders, the church, the cloth, first estate


Middle English: from Old French, based on ecclesiastical Latin clericus 'clergyman' (see cleric).

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