noun Roman Catholic Church.
the degree or grade of acolyte, exorcist, lector, or ostiary.
Compare major order.
Origin of minor order
First recorded in 1835–45
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British Dictionary definitions for minor orders
RC Church the four lower degrees of holy orders, namely porter, exorcist, lector, and acolyteCompare major orders
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