Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or relating to clerks or office workers or their work.
  • adj. Of, relating to, or characteristic of the clergy.
  • adj. Advocating clericalism.
  • n. A member of the clergy.
  • n. Garments worn by the clergy.
  • n. An advocate of clericalism.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. of or relating to clerks or their work
  • adj. of or relating to the clergy
  • n. A member of the clergy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to the clergy; suitable for the clergy.
  • adj. Of or relating to a clerk or copyist, or to writing.
  • adj. characteristic of the work performed by a clerk, secretary, or copyist, or suitable to be performed by a clerk.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Relating or pertaining to the clergy: as, clerical tonsure; clerical robes; clerical duties.
  • Of or pertaining to a clerk, writer, or copyist: as, clerical errors.
  • n. A member of the clergy.
  • n. A supporter, especially a political supporter, of clerical power or influence.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of or relating to clerks
  • adj. of or relating to the clergy
  • adj. appropriate for or engaged in office work

Etymologies

From Late Latin clēricālis ("clerical"), from clēricus ("clergyman, priest"). (Wiktionary)

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  • "'The heart of every person emits a sound,' he said. 'It has a wonderful ring, but unfortunately we dampen it. Right now all of you sound marvelous. There isn't a single one of you for whom Franz and I wouldn't break our clerical vows. If you just listened ten minutes each day. To your heart. And let go of the tension that keeps the wave front from spreading. My God, you would sound like Bach.'"
    - 'The Quiet Girl', Peter Høeg.

    March 19, 2008