Definition of clergy
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
Local clergy have been invited to participate in an interfaith service.
a member of the clergy
Origin and Etymology of clergy
Middle English clergie, from Anglo-French, from clerc clergyman
First Known Use: 13th century
CLERGY Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of clergy for Students
: the group of religious officials (as priests, ministers, and rabbis) specially prepared and authorized to lead religious services
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