minor order


noun Roman Catholic Church.

the degree or grade of acolyte, exorcist, lector, or ostiary.

Nearby words

  1. minor element,
  2. minor hysteria,
  3. minor key,
  4. minor league,
  5. minor mode,
  6. minor orders,
  7. minor party,
  8. minor penalty,
  9. minor piece,
  10. minor planet

Compare major order.

Origin of minor order

First recorded in 1835–45

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British Dictionary definitions for minor orders

minor orders

pl n

RC Church the four lower degrees of holy orders, namely porter, exorcist, lector, and acolyteCompare major orders
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