Definitions

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

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

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.
  • noun A member of the clergy.
  • noun A supporter, especially a political supporter, of clerical power or influence.

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

  • adjective Of or pertaining to the clergy; suitable for the clergy.
  • adjective Of or relating to a clerk or copyist, or to writing.
  • adjective characteristic of the work performed by a clerk, secretary, or copyist, or suitable to be performed by a clerk.
  • adjective an error made in copying or writing.

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

  • adjective of or relating to clerks or their work
  • adjective of or relating to the clergy
  • noun A member of the clergy.

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

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

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

Examples

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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