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- n. A member of the clergy.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A clergyman; -- familiarly so called, as a soldier is sometimes called a redcoat or a bluecoat.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who wears a black coat: a common and familiar name for a clergyman, as redcoat is, in England, for a soldier.
- n. plural A name given to the German reiters, or mercenary troops, in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, from their black armor and dress.
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