(used with a singular verb) the rite or sacrament of ordination.
(used with a singular verb) the rank or status of an ordained Christian minister.
(used with a plural verb) the major degrees or grades of the Christian ministry.
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- holy mysteries,
- holy of holies,
- holy office,
- holy oil,
- holy one,
- holy place,
- holy roller,
- holy roman empire,
- holy rood,
- holy sacrament
Origin of holy orders
Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400
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the sacrament or rite whereby a person is admitted to the Christian ministry
the grades of the Christian ministry
the rank or status of an ordained Christian minister
See also orders
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