Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    A clerk; a clergyman; a priest.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    In Roman law. A minister of religion in the Christian church; an ecclesiastic or priest Cod. 1, 3; Nov. 3, 123, 137. A general term, including bishops, priests, deacons, and others of inferior order. Brissonius. In old English law. A clerk or priest; a person in holy orders; a secular priest; a clerk of a court. An officer of the royal houschold, having charge of the receipt and payment of moneys, etc. Fleta enumerates several of them, with their appropriate duties; as clericus coquinas, clerk of the kitchen; dericus panetr' et butelr', clerk of the pantry and buttery. Lib. 2, cc. 18, 19.
    —Clericus mercati. In old English law. Clerk of the market. 2 Inst. 543.
    —-Clericus parochialis. In old English law. A parish clerk.