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noun Roman Catholic Church.
  1. the degree or grade of priesthood, diaconate, or subdiaconate.
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Origin of major order

First recorded in 1720–30
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major orders

pl n
  1. RC Church the three higher degrees of holy orders: bishop, priest, and deacon
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