ETYM Old Eng. clergie, clergi, clerge, Old Fren. clergie, French clergie (fr. clerc clerc, from Latin clericus priest) confused with Old Fren. clergié, French clergé, from Late Lat. clericatus office of priest. Related to Clerk.
Clergymen collectively (as distinguished from the laity).
The job of clerk.
ETYM Latin ministerium. Related to Minister, Mystery a trade.
1. A government department under the direction of a minister.
2. Religious ministers collectively (especially Presbyterian).
3. The building where the business of a government ministry is transacted.
The body of ordained religious practitioners.