educated people as a class
Origin of clerisyMiddle English clericia ; from Ecclesiastical Late Latin clericus: see clerk
Educated people considered as a group; the literati.
Origin of clerisyGerman Klerisei, clergy, from Medieval Latin cl&emacron;ricia, from Late Latin cl&emacron;ricus, priest; see clerk.
Introduced by Coleridge, apparently after German Clerisei; in late Latin clericia.