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

  • n. A member of the clergy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A clergy member.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Same as clerical.
  • n. A clerk, a clergyman.

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)



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