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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [church-muh n]
    • /ˈtʃɜrtʃ mən/
    • /ˈtʃɜːtʃ.mən/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [church-muh n]
    • /ˈtʃɜrtʃ mən/

Definitions of churchman word

  • countable noun churchman A churchman is the same as a clergyman. 3
  • noun churchman a clergyman 3
  • noun churchman a male practising member of a church 3
  • noun churchman a member of a church, esp. an active member 3
  • noun plural churchman an ecclesiastic; clergyman. 1
  • noun plural churchman an adherent or active supporter of a church. 1

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Origin of churchman

First appearance:

before 1350
One of the 20% oldest English words
1350-1400; Middle English. See church, -man

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Parts of speech for Churchman


churchman popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 69% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 54% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

churchman usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for churchman

noun churchman

  • cleric — A cleric is a member of the clergy.
  • pontiff — any pontifex.
  • rabbi — the chief religious official of a synagogue, trained usually in a theological seminary and duly ordained, who delivers the sermon at a religious service and performs ritualistic, pastoral, educational, and other functions in and related to his or her capacity as a spiritual leader of Judaism and the Jewish community. Compare cantor (def 2).
  • pastor — a minister or priest in charge of a church.
  • preacher — a person whose occupation or function it is to preach the gospel.

Antonyms for churchman

noun churchman

  • layman — a person who is not a member of the clergy; one of the laity.
  • layperson — a person who is not a member of the clergy; one of the laity.

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