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



    BrE BrE//ˈklerɪk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈklerɪk//
    Religious people
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  1. 1(old-fashioned or formal) a member of the clergy See related entries: Religious people
  2. 2a religious leader in any religion Muslim clerics See related entries: Religious people
  3. Word Originearly 17th cent.: from ecclesiastical Latin clericus ‘clergyman’, from Greek klērikos ‘belonging to the Christian clergy’, from klēros ‘lot, heritage’ (Acts 1:26).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: cleric