cler·​gy·​per·​son | \ ˈklər-jē-ˌpər-sᵊn How to pronounce clergyperson (audio) \

Definition of clergyperson

: a member of the clergy

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a clergyperson of your choice would be the best one to advise on this spiritual matter
Recent Examples on the Web What makes the family tradition sustainable in central Massachusetts, where the Vallelis now live, is a pastor-sharing arrangement between two congregations that couldn’t afford a full-time clergyperson on their own. G. Jeffrey Macdonald, The Christian Science Monitor, "Pastor-sharing: For clergy, a holy hustle and labor of love," 14 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of clergyperson

1976, in the meaning defined above

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

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English Language Learners Definition of clergyperson

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

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