noun (clerg, ies)
- People, such as ministers, priests and rabbis, who are trained to officiate at religious ceremonies and services.
Etymology: Old English cleric < clericusLatin, clÄricus < Ancient Greek (polytonic, ) (klÄrikos) < (polytonic, á) (klÄros) "a casting lots, drawing lots", (Eur.; many officers at Athens obtained their offices by lot, as opp. to election Liddell and Scott)
- French: clergé
- Italian: clero
- Spanish: clero
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