Children's, Intermediate and Advanced Online English Dictionary & Thesaurus

Comprehensive
Dictionary Suite
Help
Help
Help
 
   
Display options
Show syllables
Show Lookup History
Double-Click Lookup
  Show Spanish support
 
Pronunciation
Wordsmyth
  Phonics
  IPA
 
Entry formats
Standard
  Classic
 
Lookup History
clergy

cler·gy

clergy

pronunciation:
kluhr ji
features:
Word Explorer
part of speech: noun
inflections: clergies
definition: the group or body of people authorized to conduct religious services, such as ministers, priests, or rabbis. (Cf. laity.)
He was a very young man when he entered the clergy.Many members of the local clergy attended the rally.They were married by someone in the clergy, but I don't know if it was a priest.
synonyms:
ministry
similar words:
church, churchmen, clergymen, clerics, cloth, ecclesiastics, fathers, ministers, padres, parsons, pastorate, pastors, preachers, presbyters, presbytery, priestesses, priesthood, priests, pulpit, rabbis, rebbes, rectors, reverends, vicars
Word Explorer
See
  religion