cler·​i·​cal | \ ˈkler-i-kəl How to pronounce clerical (audio) , ˈkle-ri- \

Definition of clerical

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of, relating to, or characteristic of the clergy
2 : of or relating to a clerk



Definition of clerical (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a member of the clergy
3 : clerk
4 clericals plural : clerical garments

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Other Words from clerical


clerically \ ˈkler-​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce clerical (audio) , ˈkle-​ri-​ \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for clerical

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Noun

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Examples of clerical in a Sentence

Adjective She spent the summer doing clerical work for a lawyer. a member of our clerical staff The mistake was due to a clerical error. Noun some of the state's most prominent clericals have spoken out against the measure
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective More than 1,100 city employees, from maintenance workers to clerical staff, had been prepared to walk off their jobs beginning Thursday morning. oregonlive, 9 Feb. 2022 District administrators and clerical staff are taking over lunch duties so that teachers can cover each other’s classes. Claire Bryan, San Antonio Express-News, 3 Oct. 2021 At the Public, Thake, who holds degrees in theater and management from Indiana University, started in a clerical job under the then artistic leader, George C. Wolfe. Washington Post, 4 Aug. 2021 His mother worked a clerical job and his father at one point started his own sporting goods business and later started a stock brokerage, Henriques wrote. Andrew Tangel, Los Angeles Times, 14 Apr. 2021 The next day, the county clerk, a Republican who supported Trump, explained that officials had discovered that a clerical error had switched roughly 3,000 votes from the president to Biden. Doug Bock Clark, ProPublica, 26 Apr. 2022 Inside the firm, bankers are emphasizing that the problem was a clerical error and are trying to move on even as Barclays starts an investigation internally with the help of external counsel. Sam Potter,, 1 Apr. 2022 An earlier version of this story incorrectly identified the owner of the building that houses the Dave’s Supermarket in Collinwood, due to a clerical error in county property records. Courtney Astolfi, cleveland, 30 Mar. 2022 The agency will accelerate recruiting in the coming weeks for 80 distinct positions, from entry-level clerical workers to advanced engineers and tax attorneys, one person familiar with the plan said. Washington Post, 4 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of clerical


1592, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1605, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of clerical was in 1592

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18 May 2022

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“Clerical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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cler·​i·​cal | \ ˈkler-i-kəl How to pronounce clerical (audio) \

Kids Definition of clerical

1 : relating to the clergy The minister wore his clerical collar.
2 : relating to a clerk or office worker the clerical staff

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