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

Definition of clergyman

: a member of the clergy

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Recent Examples on the Web Young Palestinian scouts played bagpipes and the crowd snapped pictures as a clergyman held the silver reliquary and marched toward the church. NBC News, "Relic thought to be from Jesus' manger arrives in Bethlehem," 30 Nov. 2019 The report accuses 59 additional clergymen — including those who served in religious orders — who were not included in the state attorney general’s investigation. Sam Tabachnik, The Denver Post, "At least 102 Catholic clergy members accused of sexual abuse served in Colorado, new report says," 13 Nov. 2019 Dale Holloway, 37, is accused of wounding a clergyman and a bride Saturday in Pelham, New Hampshire. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Parishioners find other sanctuaries after church shooting," 14 Oct. 2019 But ostentation, in the words of that old American clergyman, is the signal flag of hypocrisy. John Hirschauer, National Review, "So What If an Iowa Man Tweeted Offensive Things as a Teenager?," 25 Sep. 2019 Paul Baglyos, a 61-year-old Lutheran clergyman who lives nearby, was out of town for the weekend, but heard about the shooting from his wife. Colin Campbell,, "Baltimore school police union defends officer who shot alleged robber: ‘Violent crime is out of control’," 26 Aug. 2019 Several prominent politicians, attorneys and clergymen wrote letters advocating for Mason to receive a second chance. Cory Shaffer,, "Former Judge Lance Mason spoke the classic language of domestic abusers in his plea for leniency in his wife’s brutal slaying," 16 Sep. 2019 Randolph West, an Episcopal clergyman in Guilford, gave Buttigieg’s campaign $550 in the last quarter. Ana Radelat,, "Pete Buttigieg continues to lead in campaign fundraising in Connecticut," 21 Oct. 2019 Through its ample halls moves a large cast of characters, from several layers of Danish society—middle-class clergymen, rich merchants, lawyers and politicians, writers and intellectuals. James Wood, The New Yorker, "A Neglected Modern Masterpiece and Its Perverse Hero," 14 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of clergyman

1577, in the meaning defined above

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11 Dec 2019

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“Clergyman.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 14 December 2019.

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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 \

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: a member of the clergy

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