from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A member of the clergy.
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- n. A clergy member.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A clerk, a clergyman.
- adj. Same as clerical.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A clerk; a clergyman or scholar.
- Same as clerical, 1.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a clergyman or other person in religious orders
Late Latin clēricus; see clerk.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin clēricus, from Ancient Greek κληρικός (klērikos), from κλῆρος (klēros, "a casting lots, drawing lots"), (Europe; many officers at Athens obtained their offices by lot, as opposed to election [Liddell and Scott]) (Wiktionary)