[ awr-uh-tawr-ee-uh n, -tohr-, or- ]
/ ˌɔr əˈtɔr i ən, -ˈtoʊr-, ˌɒr- /
Roman Catholic Church


a member of an Oratory.


of or relating to the Oratorians.


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Origin of Oratorian

First recorded in 1635–45; oratory2 + -an
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British Dictionary definitions for oratorian

/ (ˌɒrəˈtɔːrɪən) /


a member of the religious congregation of the Oratory
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