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[klur-jee-muh n] /ˈklɜr dʒi mən/
noun, plural clergymen.
a member of the clergy.
an ordained Christian minister.
Origin of clergyman
1570-80; clergy + -man Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The squire, his lady, his daughters, and the clergyman are there.

    Frank Oldfield T.P. Wilson
  • This feeling was intensified by the belief that Swift, as a clergyman, was insincere.

  • What, said Peacock, to become a clergyman, with your ideas of the faith?

    The Real Shelley, Vol. II (of 2) John Cordy Jeaffreson
  • Her name was Dorothea Taust; her father, like most of his ancestors, was a clergyman.

    Handel Edward J. Dent
  • There had not of late been much expression of kindness from the Marquis to the clergyman.

    Marion Fay Anthony Trollope
  • This gentleman was a clergyman, who had no regular parish, but who preached in a chapel of his own.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • In point of fact, the clergyman penetrated to the kitchen just after that startling communication had been made by Dan.

    Verner's Pride Mrs. Henry Wood
British Dictionary definitions for clergyman


noun (pl) -men
a member of the clergy Gender-neutral form vicar, priest
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for clergyman

1570s, from clergy + man (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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