- The definition of clergy are people that have been trained and approved for religious service.
An example of clergy are priests.
This priest is a member of the clergy. A clergyman or clergyperson.
persons ordained for religious service; ministers, priests, rabbis, etc., collectively
Origin of clergyMiddle English clergie, office or dignity of a clergyman ; from Old French ; from Ecclesiastical Late Latin clericus: see clerk
The body of people ordained or recognized by a religious community as ritual or spiritual leaders. See Usage Note at collective noun.
Origin of clergyMiddle English clergie, from Old French (from Vulgar Latin *clercīa, from Late Latin clēricus; see clerk) and from Old French clergié, body of clerks (from Vulgar Latin *clercātus, from Late Latin clēricātus, from clēricus, clerk, cleric).
- Body of persons, such as ministers, sheiks, priests and rabbis, who are trained and ordained for religious service.
- Today we brought together clergy from the Wiccan, Christian, New Age and Islamic traditions for an interfaith dialogue.