from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Ecclesiastical.
- n. A minister or priest; a cleric.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Of or pertaining to the church; ecclesiastical.
- n. One who adheres to a church-based philosophy.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of or pertaining to the church. See ecclesiastical.
- n. A person in holy orders, or consecrated to the service of the church and the ministry of religion; a clergyman; a priest.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Ecclesiastical; specifically, pertaining to the ministry or administration of the church.
- n. In early usage, a member of the orthodox church, as distinguished from Jews, pagans, infidels, and heretics.
- n. One holding an office in the Christian ministry, or otherwise officially consecrated to the service of the church: usually restricted to those connected with an episcopate, and in the middle ages to subordinate officials.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. of or associated with a church (especially a Christian Church)
- n. a clergyman or other person in religious orders
Late Latin ecclēsiasticus, from Greek ekklēsiastikos, from ekklēsiastēs, a member of the ecclesia; see Ecclesiastes.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin ecclesia ("church"), originally from Greek ἐκκλησία ("church") (Wiktionary)