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.
- cleric in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- cleric in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911.
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