Borrowed from Late Latin clēricus, from Ancient Greek κληρικός (klērikós), from κλῆρος (klêros, “a casting lots, drawing lots”). Many officers at Athens obtained their offices by lot, as opposed to election (Liddell and Scott). Doublet of clerk.
cleric (plural clerics)
- A clergy member.
- (role-playing games) A spellcaster class that receives their spells (especially healing) from their deity.
- cleric in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- cleric in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
- cleric at OneLook Dictionary Search
cleric m (plural clerici)