Definition of clergy in English:

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clergy

Pronunciation: /ˈklərjē/

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.
Synonyms
clerics, clergymen, clergywomen, churchmen, churchwomen, priests, ecclesiastics, men/women of God;
ministry, priesthood, holy orders, the church, the cloth

Origin

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

Words that rhyme with clergy

burgee

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: cler·gy

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