minor order


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

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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