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See also: Churchman



From church +‎ man. Compare kirkman and German Kirchmann.


churchman (plural churchmen)

  1. (obsolete) A churchwarden. [15th–16th c.]
  2. A person (originally a man) of authority in a religious organization; a cleric. [from 16th c.]
    The bishop, a highly placed churchman, stated the religion's opinion.
  3. A member or adherent of an established church, especially the Church of England. [from 17th c.]
    • 1789, Olaudah Equiano, The Interesting Narrative, vol. I, ch. 10:
      I replied, ‘I attended St. James's, St. Martin's, and St. Ann's, Soho;’—‘So,’ said he, ‘you are a churchman.’
    • 1791, Joseph Priestley, Letters to Burke, V:
      Thus they say the king of Great Britain, must maintain episcopacy in England, and presbyterianism in Scotland, whether he be a presbyterian as king William, a Lutheran as George I. or a true churchman as his present Majesty.