Definitions for clergyˈklɜr dʒi
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
the group or body of ordained persons in a religion, as distinguished from the laity.
* Usage: See collective noun.
Origin of clergy:
1175–1225; ME clerge, clergie < OF clerge < LL clericātus office of a priest; see cleric , -ate3
in Christianity, clergymen collectively (as distinguished from the laity)
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
Body of persons, such as ministers, priests and rabbis, who are trained and ordained for religious service.
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
learning; also, a learned profession
the privilege or benefit of 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.
Translations for clergy
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
the ministers, priests etc of the Christian religion
the clergy of the Church of England.
- إكليروس، رِجال الكهنوتArabic
- cleroPortuguese (BR)
- die GeistlichkeitGerman
- præstestand; gejstlighedDanish
- (ο) κλήροςGreek
- روحانیون؛ کشیشانFarsi
- pejabat gerejaIndonesian
- golongan paderiMalay
- presteskap, geistlighetNorwegian
- روحانیون؛ کشیشانPersian
- ملا یا د عیسوی مذهبی عالمPashto
- prästerskap, prästerSwedish
- ผู้ที่ทำเกี่ยวกับศาสนา; พระในศาสนาคริสต์Thai
- rahipler/papazlar sınıfıTurkish
- 牧師Chinese (Trad.)
- духовенство, духівництвоUkrainian
- پادری ، پروہتUrdu
- giáo sỹVietnamese
- 牧师Chinese (Simp.)
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