cler·​gy·​man | \ ˈklər-jē-mən \

Definition of clergyman

: a member of the clergy

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And like Sabrina, whose father was the High Priest in the Church of Night, my father is a clergyman, a Reform Rabbi. Gabriela Herstik, Glamour, "I'm a Modern Witch, and I Love Chilling Adventures of Sabrina So Much," 26 Oct. 2018 The American clergyman who preached about the power of love at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle has undergone surgery for prostate cancer. Fox News, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's wedding bishop undergoes surgery for prostate cancer," 1 Aug. 2018 The protests of the two clergymen at the event exemplify the increasingly visible role that the religious left, including both mainline Protestants and some evangelicals, are playing under the Trump administration. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "They told him “you are wounding the body of Christ” by failing to care for marginalized.," 29 Oct. 2018 Kiev supporters said their rivals were busing in street fighters dressed as clergymen; the Moscow arm said its opponents were bolstered by nationalist groups. James Marson, WSJ, "Ukraine Churchgoers Gain Powerful Ally in Challenge to Moscow," 12 Sep. 2018 Instead of choosing a standard British clergyman, Markle and Prince Harry went with Bishop Michael Curry, whose speech at their wedding was a highlight of the day. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Every Single Time Meghan Markle's Broken Royal Protocol," 16 July 2018 Three plaques recount Muhlenberg’s tripartite life as a clergyman, soldier and statesman. John Kelly, Washington Post, "A park on Connecticut Avenue NW has a statue of John Muhlenberg. Why?," 7 July 2018 The clergyman, also unidentified, told the man to go to authorities and accompanied him to the police station. Madeline Farber, Fox News, "Wisconsin man's plan to 'upskirt' women ruined after shoe camera explodes: police," 30 June 2018 Russian officials also allegedly tried to bribe local government officials and senior clergymen and to interfere in negotiations to end Greece's longstanding dispute with neighboring Macedonia over its name. Menelaos Hadjicostis And Maria Danilova, Fox News, "Greece hints at Russian diplomats' expulsion," 11 July 2018

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1577, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of clergyman

: a man who is a member of the clergy especially in a Christian church


cler·​gy·​man | \ ˈklər-ji-mən \
plural clergymen\ -​mən \

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: a member of the clergy

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