clergy

noun cler·gy \ ˈklər-jē \
Updated on: 12 Nov 2017

Definition of clergy

plural clergies
1 : a group ordained to perform pastoral or sacerdotal functions in a Christian church
  • Members of the clergy have been invited to participate in an interfaith service.
2 : the official or sacerdotal class of a non-Christian religion
  • Buddhist clergy

Examples of clergy in a Sentence

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

  2. a member of the clergy

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Origin and Etymology of clergy

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

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CLERGY Defined for English Language Learners

clergy

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Definition of clergy for English Language Learners

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


CLERGY Defined for Kids

clergy

noun cler·gy \ ˈklər-jē \

Definition of clergy for Students

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


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