cleric

[kler-ik]
noun
1.
a member of the clergy.
2.
a member of a clerical party.
3.
clerics, (used with a plural verb) half-sized or small-sized reading glasses worn on the nose, usually rimless or with a thin metal frame.
adjective
4.
pertaining to the clergy; clerical.

Origin:
1615–25; < Late Latin clēricus priest < Greek klērikós, equivalent to klêr(os) lot, allotment + -ikos -ic

clergy, cleric, imam, minister, pastor, priest, rabbi.
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cleric (ˈklɛrɪk)
 
n
a member of the clergy
 
[C17: from Church Latin clēricus priest, clerk]

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cleric
1620s, from L.L. clericus "clergyman, priest" (4c.), lit. "belonging to the clerus;" from Gk. klerikos, originally "pertaining to an inheritance," in Christian use "pertaining to the ecclesiastical order," from kleros "lot, allotment, piece of land, heritage," which was in Church use from 2c. (see
clerk). A word taken up in Mod.Eng. after clerk took its modern meaning.
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