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 His father, Theodore, was a poor farmer who had become a Methodist clergyman, and his mother, the former Claribel Hope, was a part-time music teacher. Washington Post, "Walter F. Mondale, Carter’s vice president who lost White House bid, dies at 93," 20 Apr. 2021 His mother was a choir director, his father a clergyman, and serpent a member of the choir, which meant committing to at least a few Saturdays for rehearsals, Wednesdays for midweek service, not to mention special occasions like New Year’s Eve. Briana Younger, Vulture, "Remaking R&B in Serpentwithfeet’s Image," 23 Mar. 2021 Ellen has found passionate May-December love with local clergyman Julian (John Macmillan), which seems to leave a void in the Freudian corner of both Stephen's and Andrew's hearts. Darren Franich,, "Don't miss Back, the dark comedy of the year: Review," 19 Mar. 2021 When the clergyman reappeared about 10 seconds later, a contrite woman spoke up. Debby Waldman, Wired, "How to Pay Your Respects During a Virtual Funeral," 17 Mar. 2021 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

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1577, in the meaning defined above

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“Clergyman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 May. 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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