Definition of clerical adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈklerɪkl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈklerɪkl//
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  1. 1connected with office work clerical workers/staff/assistants a clerical error (= one made in copying or calculating something) See related entries: Describing jobs
  2. 2connected with the clergy (= priests) a clerical collar (= one that fastens at the back, worn by some priests)
  3. Word Originlate 15th cent. (in sense (2)): from ecclesiastical Latin clericalis, from clericus ‘clergyman’, from Greek klērikos ‘belonging to the Christian clergy’, from klēros ‘lot, heritage’ (Acts 1:26).
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