from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A man who is a cleric.
  • noun A man who is a member of a church.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An ecclesiastic; a clergyman; one who ministers in sacred things.
  • noun An adherent of the church; specifically, in England, a member of the Church of England, as distinguished from a dissenter; in the United States, a member of the Protestant Episcopal Church, as distinguished from a member of any other church.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun An ecclesiastic or clergyman.
  • noun An Episcopalian, or a member of the Established Church of England.
  • noun One was is attached to, or attends, church.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A person (originally a man) of authority in a religious organization; a cleric.

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

  • noun a clergyman or other person in religious orders


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