Definition of clergy in US English:

clergy

nounPlural clergies

  • usually treated as plural The body of all people ordained for religious duties, especially in the Christian Church.

    ‘all marriages were to be solemnized by the clergy’
    • ‘Invariably, he would publicly upbraid those members of the clergy he deemed to be unconverted.’
    • ‘Other groups such as the Gardai and the clergy have much shakier grounds for complaint.’
    • ‘Their wealth and close links with the clergy gives them enormous political power.’
    • ‘They will be processed in the ordinary way, first of all through the local clergy.’
    • ‘The clergy existed to minister to the faithful, and had no other justification.’
    • ‘He wondered what any of his teachers would do if he had done that to a member of the clergy.’
    • ‘He helped to draft a new catechism of the church to instruct parish clergy.’
    • ‘He is one of the few clergy who knows everyone who lives in his parish.’
    • ‘The mandate was eventually extended to teachers, social workers, and clergy in many states.’
    • ‘Buddhist monks, Church of England clergy and crematorium staff all came under the spotlight.’
    • ‘This decline in the institution of the papacy made many members of the clergy impatient for reform.’
    • ‘The pope is the bishop of Rome and was once elected by the clergy and laity of the city.’
    • ‘Lay readers and retired clergy have conducted services in the vicar's absence.’
    • ‘Among the issues due to be discussed were the first set of guidelines for the conduct of Church of England clergy.’
    • ‘The colleges provide sheltered housing for clergy widows and retired clergy.’
    • ‘Sweden was free of religious dissent and the clergy constituted a further arm of central government.’
    • ‘Vested interests and the clergy of both the communities made matters worse, he says.’
    • ‘The churches knew about the behaviour of some of their clergy and other workers.’
    • ‘He faced tremendous ignorance among the clergy and hostility towards the Reformation.’
    • ‘Only the Church of England clergy have a constitutional right to sit in the Lords.’
    clergymen, clergywomen, churchmen, churchwomen, clerics, priests, ecclesiastics, men of god, women of god, men of the cloth, women of the cloth
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Origin

Middle English: from Old French, based on ecclesiastical Latin clericus ‘clergyman’ (see cleric).

Pronunciation

clergy

/ˈklərjē//ˈklərdʒi/