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

Definition of clergyman

: a member of the clergy

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Recent Examples on the Web Biden’s choice of the Black clergyman to wrap an inspirational bow around the event speaks to the incoming commander in chief’s connection to Black Americans and his trust in Beaman. NBC News, "Meet the Rev. Silvester Beaman, the Delaware pastor delivering the inauguration benediction," 18 Jan. 2021 Not that being a clergyman automatically conveys blanket innocence, but who is safe if not this person? Lisa Larson-walker, ProPublica, "She Photographed Police Abuse at a 2014 BLM March Then Watched the Image Go Viral During Capitol Riot," 11 Jan. 2021 Raw, rainy weather added to the gloomy atmosphere, as dozens of people gathered in the central Manger Square to greet the Latin Patriarch, the top Catholic clergyman in the Holy Land. Fox News, "Coronavirus dampens Christmas joy in Bethlehem and elsewhere," 25 Dec. 2020 Zayas, the clergyman, has been urging state leaders to prioritize the vaccination of communities of color. Darcel Rockett,, "Clergy, doctors and activists take on COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy and access in Black and Latino communities: ‘Don’t underestimate the fear’," 19 Dec. 2020 Felloni is referring to Armand Jean du Plessis, also known as Cardinal Richelieu, a clergyman who was the villain in The Three Musketeers. Barry Samaha, Harper's BAZAAR, "Roger Vivier Revs Up Boots Made Famous by Brigitte Bardot," 25 Nov. 2020 The recent death of a senior clergyman in the Greek Orthodox Church has revived a debate over the safety of receiving communion during the pandemic, as a shared spoon is used for the whole congregation. Elena Becatoros, Star Tribune, "Greece's archbishop hospitalized with coronavirus symptoms," 19 Nov. 2020 Diana was interred in a private ceremony at the family home in Althorp, with just the Spencer family, Charles, William and Harry, a close friend, and a clergyman present. Liz Cantrell, Town & Country, "Princess Diana's Older Sister Lady Sarah McCorquodale Once Dated Prince Charles," 15 Nov. 2020 The 19th-century English clergyman John Henry Newman left us a revealing definition of a gentleman that, when broadened to include all people, offers a useful guide to decent conduct. Jon Meacham, Town & Country, "Jon Meacham on the One Thing That Might Decide This Mess of an Election: Decency," 30 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of clergyman

1577, in the meaning defined above

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“Clergyman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce clergyman (audio) \
plural clergymen\ -​mən \

Kids Definition of clergyman

: a member of the clergy

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