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ostiary

[os-tee-er-ee]
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noun, plural os·ti·ar·ies.
  1. Also called doorkeeper, porter. Roman Catholic Church.
    1. a member of the lowest-ranking of the four minor orders.
    2. the order itself.Compare acolyte(def 2), exorcist(def 2), lector(def 2).
  2. a doorkeeper, as of a church.
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Origin of ostiary

1400–50; late Middle English hostiary < Latin ōstiārius doorkeeper, equivalent to ōsti(um) door, entrance (see ostium) + -ārius -ary
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Historical Examples

  • In the decline of his popularity he permitted his door-keeper, whom he dignifies with the title of Ostiary, to take a shilling!

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British Dictionary definitions for ostiary

ostiary

noun plural -aries
  1. RC Church another word for porter 2 (def. 4)
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Word Origin

C15: from Latin ostiārius doorkeeper, from ostium door
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