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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
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  • Mr. Bangs took charge of the outside guard that night, in which the clergymen had volunteered to serve.

    Two Knapsacks John Campbell
  • And the word was invented to distinguish the laymen from the clergymen.

    Samantha Among the Brethren, Part 7. Josiah Allen's Wife (Marietta Holley)
  • This is a question that we leave for the Illinois clergymen themselves to decide.

  • Mr. Smith and Mr. Brown were the clergymen who preceded him.

  • In the Lancashire factories they allow women and clergymen the benefit of an entre—because they don't understand business.

    A Book about Doctors John Cordy Jeaffreson
  • You allow, that there are vicious clergymen, who are unworthy of their Function.

    A Letter to Dion Bernard Mandeville
  • He had kept from her all knowledge of the Church, and of clergymen.

    If Any Man Sin H. A. Cody
  • The lawyers next, like the clergymen, had supplied the Whigs much of their strength.

    The Siege of Boston Allen French
  • There was an aged negro man present, who was noticed with marked attention by the Archdeacon, the Rector and other clergymen.

    The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus American Anti-Slavery Society
British Dictionary definitions for clergymen


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 clergymen



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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