cler·​gy·​per·​son ˈklər-jē-ˌpər-sᵊn How to pronounce clergyperson (audio)
: a member of the clergy

Examples of clergyperson in a Sentence

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, 14 Apr. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1976, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of clergyperson was in 1976

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“Clergyperson.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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cler·​gy·​per·​son -ˌpər-sᵊn How to pronounce clergyperson (audio)
: a member of the clergy
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