Definition of ecclesiastic noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ɪˌkliːziˈæstɪk//
; NAmE NAmE//ɪˌkliːziˈæstɪk//
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a priest or minister in the Christian Church Word Originlate Middle English: from French ecclésiastique, or via late Latin from Greek ekklēsiastikos, from ekklēsiastēs ‘member of an assembly’, from ekklēsia ‘assembly, church’, based on ekkalein ‘summon out’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: ecclesiastic