Definitions for clergyˈklɜr dʒi

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

cler•gy*ˈklɜr dʒi(n.)(pl.)-gies.

  1. the group or body of ordained persons in a religion, as distinguished from the laity.

    Category: Religion

* Usage: See collective noun.

Origin of clergy:

1175–1225; ME clerge, clergie < OF clerge < LL clericātus office of a priest; see cleric , -ate3


Princeton's WordNet

  1. clergy(noun)

    in Christianity, clergymen collectively (as distinguished from the laity)

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. clergy(noun)ˈklɜr dʒi

    Christian priests


  1. clergy(Noun)

    Body of persons, such as ministers, priests and rabbis, who are trained and ordained for religious service.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Clergy(noun)

    the body of men set apart, by due ordination, to the service of God, in the Christian church, in distinction from the laity; in England, usually restricted to the ministers of the Established Church

  2. Clergy(noun)

    learning; also, a learned profession

  3. Clergy(noun)

    the privilege or benefit of clergy


  1. Clergy

    Clergy are some of the formal leaders within certain religions. The roles and functions of clergy vary in different religious traditions but these usually involve presiding over specific rituals and teaching their religion's doctrines and practices. Some of the terms used for individual clergy are "cleric", "clergyman", "clergywoman", "clergyperson" and "churchman". In Christianity the specific names and roles of clergy vary by denomination and there is a wide range of formal and informal clergy positions, including deacons, priests, bishops, preachers, pastors, and ministers. In Shia Islam, a religious leader is often known as an imam or ayatollah. In Jewish tradition, a religious leader is often a rabbi or hazzan.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'clergy' in Nouns Frequency: #2469

Translations for clergy

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the ministers, priests etc of the Christian religion

the clergy of the Church of England.

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