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[kler-ik] /ˈklɛr ɪk/
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
1615-1625
1615-25; < Late Latin clēricus priest < Greek klērikós, equivalent to klêr(os) lot, allotment + -ikos -ic
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Examples for cleric
  • People in the business point to the practical advantages of having a company cleric.
  • The term cleric includes bishops, priests, and deacons.
British Dictionary definitions for cleric

cleric

/ˈklɛrɪk/
noun
1.
a member of the clergy
Word Origin
C17: from Church Latin clēricus priest, clerk
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Word Origin and History for cleric
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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