cler·​gy·​man | \ ˈklər-jē-mən How to pronounce clergyman (audio) \
plural clergymen

Definition of clergyman

: a member of the clergy

Examples of clergyman in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But a clergyman who conducted the workers’ funerals saw it differently. Ron Grossman, Chicago Tribune, 13 May 2022 Austen was the daughter of a clergyman who didn’t own property of his own and left only a small legacy to his wife and unmarried daughters. Lila Thulin, Smithsonian Magazine, 1 Apr. 2022 The Anglican Church, a small but influential religious community within South Africa, welcomed to its ranks the articulate young black clergyman. Washington Post, 26 Dec. 2021 In that 1968 film, directed by Freddie Francis, Carlson, as the niece of a clergyman, is pursued and bitten by Lee in the third of his 10 feature turns as the Prince of Darkness. Mike Barnes, The Hollywood Reporter, 1 Mar. 2022 There have been anti-vaxxers in America since at least 1721, when one, in Boston, threw a bomb into the home of the clergyman Cotton Mather, who advocated for community-wide inoculation against smallpox. Jessica Winter, The New Yorker, 7 Feb. 2022 Footloose Kevin Bacon stars in this 1984 musical drama as a rebellious teenager with a passion for dancing who moves from Chicago to a small Midwestern town where dancing is prohibited, primarily by a clergyman (John Lithgow). Los Angeles Times, 2 Feb. 2022 These individuals included his ultra-wealthy parents-in-law, whose money ultimately made the operation possible, and the shrewd English clergyman Philip Hunt, who worked as Elgin’s personal assistant. Bruce Clark, Smithsonian Magazine, 10 Jan. 2022 But much of that changed in March 2018, when the Rev. Charles McCarron was asked to check in on another clergyman who had recently been commuting to a town on Long Island as a fill-in priest. New York Times, 4 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of clergyman

1577, in the meaning defined above

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“Clergyman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jul. 2022.

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cler·​gy·​man | \ ˈklər-ji-mən How to pronounce clergyman (audio) \
plural clergymen\ -​mən \

Kids Definition of clergyman

: a member of the clergy


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