Definitions for clergyˈklɜr dʒi

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. clergy(noun)

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


  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

  4. Origin: [OE. clergie, clergi, clerge, OF. clergie, F. clergie (fr. clerc clerc, fr. L. clericus priest) confused with OF. clergi, F. clerg, fr. LL. clericatus office of priest, monastic life, fr. L. clericus priest, LL. scholar, clerc. Both the Old French words meant clergy, in sense 1, the former having also sense 2. See Clerk.]


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Troy Stevenson:

    They( clergy) work for Jesus, not Freedom Oklahoma.

  2. Benjamin Jowett:

    You must believe in God in spite of what the clergy say.

  3. Commissioner William Evans:

    His family's with him, the clergy has been here and ... let's pray for him.

  4. Ted Olson:

    I do not believe someone would force a member of the clergy to perform a marriage.

  5. Carl Sagan:

    A celibate clergy is an especially good idea, because it tends to suppress any hereditary propensity toward fanaticism.

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