[ awr-dn-air-ee-it, -eyt ]
/ ˌɔr dnˈɛər i ɪt, -ˌeɪt /


Roman Catholic Church. (formerly) a province in which the faithful of an Eastern rite were under the rule of a prelate of their rite who had no territorial jurisdiction.

Nearby words

  1. ordinal number,
  2. ordinal numbers,
  3. ordinal scale,
  4. ordinance,
  5. ordinand,
  6. ordinarily,
  7. ordinary,
  8. ordinary differential equation,
  9. ordinary grade,
  10. ordinary income

Origin of ordinariate

ordinary (noun) + -ate1

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Examples from the Web for ordinariate

  • What magnificent men these priests of St. Stephen's and the Ordinariate!

    The Greater Love|George T. McCarthy