Definition of ecclesiastic :
1. A person in holy orders, or consecrated to the service of the church and the ministry of religion; a clergyman; a priest.
2. Of or pertaining to the church. See Ecclesiastical.
clergy (part of speech: noun)
novice, pilgrim, abbess, pope, missionary, reverend, cleric, chaplain, archdeacon, evangelist, nun, curate, friar, minister, prioress, priest, father, canon, vicar, sister, clergyman, abbot, rector, archbishop, bishop, archpriest, prior, monk, prelate, cardinal, canoness, pastor, brother, preacher
ecclesiastic (part of speech: adjective)
- Having got a boat with two men in it at the end of the street in which stood the convent, I went there in the dress of an ecclesiastic, just as the French burst into the town. - "With Moore At Corunna", G. A. Henty.
- Claude Joly, the uncle of Guy, an ecclesiastic, has also left anti- Mazarin writings of less literary worth. - "A Short History of French Literature", George Saintsbury.
- The aged ecclesiastic had turned his face towards me. - "Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes", Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.