- of, pertaining to, appropriate for, or assigned to an office clerk or clerks: a clerical job.
- doing the work of a clerk or clerks: a clerical assistant; a clerical staff.
- of, relating to, or characteristic of the clergy or a member of the clergy: clerical garb.
- advocating the power or influence of the clergy in politics, government, etc.: a clerical party.
- a cleric.
- 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; clerk.
- Also called clerical error. a minor error, as in the keeping of records, the transcribing of documents, or the handling of correspondence.
- relating to or associated with the clergyclerical dress
- of or relating to office clerks or their worka clerical error
- supporting or advocating clericalism
adj.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.