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Borrowed from Ancient Greek κληρικός (klērikós, (adj. in church jargon) of the clergy), from κλῆρος (klêros, the clergy, what is allotted, a lot, inheritance, originally a shard used in casting lots).


clēricus m (genitive clēricī); second declension

  1. (Late Latin) a priest, clergyman, cleric
  2. (Late Latin) a learned man, clerk


Second declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative clēricus clēricī
genitive clēricī clēricōrum
dative clēricō clēricīs
accusative clēricum clēricōs
ablative clēricō clēricīs
vocative clērice clēricī

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  • clericus in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • clericus in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français [Illustrated Latin-French Dictionary], Hachette
  • clericus in Ramminger, Johann (accessed 16 July 2016) Neulateinische Wortliste: Ein Wörterbuch des Lateinischen von Petrarca bis 1700[1], pre-publication website, 2005-2016
  • clerk in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911