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major order

noun, Roman Catholic Church.
the degree or grade of priesthood, diaconate, or subdiaconate.
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Origin of major order
First recorded in 1720-30 Unabridged
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major orders

plural noun
(RC Church) the three higher degrees of holy orders: bishop, priest, and deacon
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