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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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  • He and other northern clergymen with him promptly lost their jobs.
  • clergymen and popular newspapers preached practical charity to newly receptive audiences.
  • Other clergymen agreed: this new technique could mean the twilight of democracy.
  • After dinner he conversed a little with some pious and learned clergymen on pious subjects, or on their functions.
  • One of the great needs of the present day is a uniform standard of height among clergymen.
  • Five hundred friends, including many clergymen, were present.
  • Abolitionists initially focused their efforts on church members and clergymen.
  • As this was a rural community, various clergymen preached here on a rotating schedule.
  • Proof was supplied in the form of personal references, preferably from clergymen and teachers.
British Dictionary definitions for clergymen


noun (pl) -men
a member of the clergy Gender-neutral form vicar, priest
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Word Origin and History for clergymen



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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