Clergyman vs Rector - What's the difference?

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Clergyman is a related term of rector.

As a noun clergyman

is an ordained (male) christian minister, a male member of the clergy.

As a proper noun rector is

an english surname; derived from the (etyl) surname richter .




  • An ordained (male) Christian minister, a male member of the clergy.
  • Coordinate terms

    * clergywoman


    * clergyperson


    * clergy



    Alternative forms

    * rectour (obsolete)


    (en noun)
  • In the Anglican Church, a cleric in charge of a parish and who owns the tithes of it.
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  • In the Roman Catholic Church, a cleric with managerial as well as spiritual responsibility for a church or other institution.
  • A headmaster in various educational institutions, e.g. a university.