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noun [plural] American English pronunciation: clergy /ˈklɜrdʒi/ 
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  1. the people who lead religious services, especially Christian priests. A man who leads religious services is sometimes called a clergyman and a woman who leads religious services is sometimes called a clergywoman

    Over 50 clergy marched to the White House to register their protest.

    The Pope may consult certain sections of the clergy, but he alone decides.

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