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clergy

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noun cler·gy \ˈklər-jē\

Simple Definition of clergy

  • : people (such as priests) who are the leaders of a religion and who perform religious services

Full Definition of clergy

plural clergies

  1. 1 :  a group ordained to perform pastoral or sacerdotal functions in a Christian church

  2. 2 :  the official or sacerdotal class of a non-Christian religion

Examples of clergy

  1. Local clergy have been invited to participate in an interfaith service.

  2. a member of the clergy



Origin of clergy

Middle English clergie, from Anglo-French, from clerc clergyman


First Known Use: 13th century

Other Christian Religious Terms


CLERGY Defined for Kids

clergy

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noun cler·gy \ˈklər-jē\

Definition of clergy

plural clergies

  1. :  the group of religious officials (as priests, ministers, and rabbis) specially prepared and authorized to lead religious services





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