[kler-i-kuh l] /ˈklɛr ɪ kəl/

of, pertaining to, appropriate for, or assigned to an office or :
a clerical job.
doing the work of a or :
a clerical assistant; a clerical staff.
of, relating to, or characteristic of the or a member of the :
clerical garb.
advocating the power or influence of the in politics, government, etc.:
a clerical party.
a .
clericals, Informal. clerical garments.
a person or a party advocating the power or influence of the church in politics, government, etc.
a person who does clerical work; office worker; .
Also called clerical error. a minor error, as in the keeping of records, the transcribing of documents, or the handling of correspondence.
plural noun
the distinctive dress of a member of the clergy
relating to or associated with the clergy: clerical dress
of or relating to office clerks or their work: a clerical error
supporting or advocating clericalism

1590s, “pertaining to the clergy,” from cleric + -al (1), or from French clérical, from Old French clerigal “learned,” from Latin clericalis, from clericus (see cleric). Meaning “pertaining to clerks” is from 1798.


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