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A member of the clergy.
[Late Latin clēricus; see clerk.]
(Ecclesiastical Terms) a member of the clergy
[C17: from Church Latin clēricus priest, clerk]
1. a member of the clergy.
2. clerics, (used with a pl. v.) small-sized reading glasses, usu. rimless or with a thin metal frame.adj.
3. pertaining to the clergy; clerical.
[1615–25; < Late Latin clēricus priest < Greek klērikós=klêr(os) lot, allotment + -ikos -ic]
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|Noun||1.||cleric - a clergyman or other person in religious orders|
clergyman, man of the cloth, reverend - a member of the clergy and a spiritual leader of the Christian Church
ordainer - a cleric who ordains; a cleric who admits someone to holy orders
pardoner - a medieval cleric who raised money for the church by selling papal indulgences
pluralist - a cleric who holds more than one benefice at a time