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minor order

noun, Roman Catholic Church.
1.
the degree or grade of acolyte, exorcist, lector, or ostiary.
Compare major order.
Origin of minor order
1835-1845
First recorded in 1835-45
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minor orders

plural noun
1.
(RC Church) the four lower degrees of holy orders, namely porter, exorcist, lector, and acolyte Compare major orders
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