Ec·cle·si·as·tic a. Of or pertaining to the church. See Ecclesiastical. “Ecclesiastic government.”
Ec·cle·si·as·tic, n. A person in holy orders, or consecrated to the service of the church and the ministry of religion; a clergyman; a priest.
From a humble ecclesiastic, he was subsequently preferred to the highest dignities of the church. --Prescott.
adj : of or associated with a church (especially a Christian
Church); "ecclesiastic history" [syn: ecclesiastical]
n : a clergyman or other person in religious orders [syn: cleric,