follow Dictionary.com

11 Trending Words of 2014

clerisy

[kler-uh-see] /ˈklɛr ə si/
noun
1.
learned persons as a class; literati; intelligentsia.
Origin
1818
1818; < German Klerisei clergy < Medieval Latin clēricia, equivalent to clēric(us) cleric + -ia -ia; introduced by S.T. Coleridge
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for clerisy
  • Our clerisy contains journalists and pundits and think-tank experts and political historians, but not novelists or poets as such.
  • If non-scientists see a kind of clerisy that they can't relate to, then there's a gulf.
Word Origin and History for clerisy
n.

1818, on model of German clerisei, from Late Latin clericia, related to clericus (see cleric); coined by Coleridge "to express a notion no longer associated with CLERGY" [OED].

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for clerisy

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for clerisy

12
13
Scrabble Words With Friends