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